China Morning Post
Public Eye with Michael Chugani
South China Morning Post
Has tourism commissioner lost her
Do you know what's wrong with Tourism Commissioner
Margaret Fong Shun-man? What's wrong with her is she functions like
a transport official.
Whenever she defends demolishing the Kowloon
Star Ferry bus terminus she does so in transport terms, not tourism.
She says buses would be rerouted to a new stop a minute away with a
covered walkway to the pier. The why bother demolishing the terminus
other than for the sake of it? She wants the bus terminus space for
a pseudo harbourfront piazza. We have miles of shoreline suitable for
such a pseudo piazza where you can actually see the harbour. But she
wants it where you cannot actually see it. The ferry pier building blocks
the view. A harbourfront piazza where you can't see the harbour. Well,
why not? We do have a windowless cultural centre overlooking the world's
finest harbour. She says the bus terminus has no heritage value anyway.
Says who? Says the Antiquities and Monuments Office. This is the same
department that decided the now-demolished Hong Kong Star Ferry and
Queen's Pier lacked heritage value to be preserved. This is the department
that has erased Hong Kong's links with its historical past. It is time
the department itself is destroyed. It has been preserved for way too
long. It should be shut down and its bureaucrats fired.
Let's showcase destruction of our
After destroying the historic Queen's Pier
for harbour reclamation, development secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
now says public opinion wants it reassembled on the new shoreline instead
of where it had stood. Public Opinion? If the bureaucrats cared so much
about public opinion, why did they obliterate the pier? The Star Ferry
clock tower will be rebuilt on its original site with a gallery to display
leftover bits from the demolished Star Ferry pier. Here's a better idea.
Let's build a harbourfront museum (with windows, of course) showcasing
in every detail how our bureaucrats and the big business cronies destroyed
virtually all of Hong Kong's heritage.