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June 20th, 2012:


Teflon man SCMP Lai See    20 June 2012

We see that Edward Yau Tang-wah, the former secretary for the environment, has landed another government job as director of the chief executive’s office. Although well-flagged, it is still shocking that someone who performed so badly can waltz into another job.

Jim Middleton, chairman of Clear the Air, put it more strongly: “Normally, someone who totally failed in his job and visited overseas 59 times in 60 months at public expense whilst his portfolio, the local stagnant stinking air and environment worsened, should be fired.”

Description: Edward Yau sits in Legco.

One wonders how this happened. Was there a deal? Yau was assured that if he just sat there for five years and did nothing at the Environment Bureau, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen would explain things to his successor to ensure Yau wasn’t slung out of the government?

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Tung Chung extension

Better air quality —- but at a cost: A tough choice to make!

Joint Chamber Luncheon

Better air quality —- but at a cost: A tough choice to make!

Richard Lancaster
Managing Director, CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd.
The Hong Kong public is calling for better air quality and globally Governments are tackling climate change by reducing coal fired generation. In Hong Kong, the Government has made using more natural gas its strategy for achieving its new Air Quality Objectives (AQO) and reducing carbon emissions. CLP Power recently responded with a plan to double the amount of gas it uses over the next few years to meet the electricity demand and achieve its statutory requirements.

Although it has long been known that natural gas is more expensive than coal, CLP’s plan, which will inevitably lead to significantly higher electricity bills, has triggered concerns from the local community, in particular in the face of uncertain outlooks for both local and global economies

Unfortunately, the debate is not a simple matter of choosing “to pay or not to pay”. Burning coal will result in long-term environmental and social costs. On the other hand, deploying more natural gas has immediate economic  consequences. To move ahead, government, businesses, members of the public and power companies must have a constructive debate about the issue:

– What are the long term implications for using more gas and less coal?
– Are there alternatives to achieving better air quality at a lower cost?
– What can the power companies or the Government do to help secure a reliable supply of natural
gas at the lowest possible price?
– As consumers and businesses, is there anything we can do to address the situation?

Richard Lancaster, Managing Director of CLP, will give a straight talk on CLP’s plan and its implications for businesses and consumers, which will provide members of the public with a platform to discuss these unavoidably tough choices.

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instead of the third runway ?

HK Standard
Tung Chung `park’ on way

Candy Chan

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A new theme park has been included in the development plans of Tung
Chung to meet the needs of residents.
Details of the plan will be discussed by the Legislative Council panel
on development. A paper shows 285 hectares of land will be created in
the new town.

This includes about 110 hectares on the waterfront where the theme
park, which will comprise half of the area, will be built.

The other 175 hectares will come from western Tung Chung, and part of
the Tung Chung Bay will be reclaimed.

The current population of Tung Chung is 70,000 and this is expected to
go up to 220,000 once the development of the township has been

However, the development plan has yet to be confirmed and is subject
to the views and feedback from the community during the first stage of
public consultation, which is under way now and will last until August

The Tung Chung development has been identified under the land use
master plan across the territory, in which 150 hectares of housing
sites will be created in the short term while 2,400 hectares will be
made available in the long term.

Meanwhile, a Development Bureau spokesman said all 150 hectares of
land for residential development will come from the Northeastern New
Territories and will accommodate more than 150,000 people.

The NT development area will provide 53,800 new residential units, of
which 57 percent will be for private housing and the rest for public

The maximum building height will not exce
ed 35 stories to ensure optimum design and a viable air circulation in the area.

Kwu Tung North, situated between Sheung Shui and Lok Ma Chau, will be
the biggest area and have the largest population. Fan Ling North will
be turned into a riverside township, while Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling will
be the smallest area.

The spokesman said compulsory land acquisition and compensation will
cost an estimated HK$40 billion.

Similarly, the government plans to develop another site at Anderson
Road Quarry near Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O.

This is expected to provide 7,000 private housing units and 1,700 new
Home Ownership Scheme units to accommodate a total population of
23,000 people.

The bureau expects construction work to begin as soon as 2017, and
residents are expected to move in 10 years later.

which means of course, why do we need a third runway ?

SCMP  20 June 2012

No room for more visitors, Leung says
Chief executive-elect dampens hopes scheme that lets mainland
residents visit will be expanded – unless Hong Kong economy takes a
turn for the worse
Amy Nip
Updated on Jun 20, 2012
Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying has echoed concerns by Beijing’s
tourism chief over Hong Kong’s ability to accommodate more visitors,
dampening hopes of expanding the individual visit scheme.
Leung said in an interview on TVB yesterday that the influx of
tourists contributed to inflation of prices in the city. Those
crossing from the mainland to the New Territories, where tourists
usually shop for goods like formula milk, also “disrupt the
livelihood” of residents there, he said. “The mainland government made
the right decision in not expanding the individual visit scheme over
the past five years,” Leung said.

The individual scheme allows 270 million eligible mainland residents
from 49 mainland cities to visit Hong Kong multiple times.

The number of mainland tourists to Hong Kong has increased from 8.5
million in 2003, when the scheme started, to 28.1 million in 2011.

Leung’s statement reflected the concerns of Shao Qiwei , director of
the National Tourism Administration, at a meeting with tourism
industry veterans last week, where Shao questioned whether Hong Kong’s
infrastructure could handle a further jump in numbers.

According to Joseph Tung Yiu-chung, executive director of the Travel
Industry Council, Shao said it often took hours for mainlanders to
cross the border into Hong Kong and that there were worries that the
supply of hotel rooms was inadequate.

However, Leung was quick to add that if the local economy took a turn
for the worse, he would bargain for the central government to extend
the scheme to cover more cities.

The travel scheme used to cover only the four Guangdong cities of
Dongguan , Zhongshan , Jiangmen and Foshan when it was introduced in
2003 as part of a liberalisation measure under the Closer Economic
Partnership Arrangement. The number of eligible cities was broadened
in 2007.

Despite Shao’s concerns, industry experts said there was still room
for more visitors, especially amid the global economic downturn.

Michael Li Hon-shing, executive director of the Federation of Hong
Kong Hotel Owners, said the occupancy rate of top hotels slid from 98
per cent last December to less than 80 per cent this month due to a
decrease in the number of business travellers. Government figures show
another 41 hotels will be finished by 2014, and another 6,000 hotel
rooms will be added to the market by 2016. “If there is no increase in
the number of tourists to match the bigger supply, what are we
supposed to do?” Li said.

Simon Wong Ka-wo, chairman of the Hong Kong Food Council, said
mainlanders spent HK$5 billion on food and beverages over the past
year, about 5 per cent of the city’s total spending. If the number of
tourists dropped, restaurants in tourist districts would be hit, he

Over the past year, people have started to question the travel
scheme’s sustainability. Concern groups said tourist spending led to
inflation, though others argued that mainland visitors were vital for
economic growth and jobs generation. Tourism accounted for 6.2 per
cent of the Hong Kong’s economy in 2010, according to official

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