CLP Group (its holding company is CLP Holdings Ltd) is an electricity company in Hong Kong with businesses in a number of Asian markets and Australia. Incorporated in 1901 as China Light & Power Company Syndicate, its core business remains electricity generation, transmission, and retailing.
People power lights the way
WE should all take heart - the little people really do have power. Perhaps not enough to move mountains but then even China Light and Power (CLP) can't do that. This public utility has, however, demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that, if we band together, take to the streets, publicise our plight on television and in the newspapers, lobby our district board and legislative councillors and put forward a coherent and reasonable campaign against the introduction of high-voltage power cables around our homes, we can indeed wield power.
The power I refer to is that which has spurred CLP to work every Sunday and recently until 8pm on the Clear Water Bay Road to install - in the dark using lamps, with incredible speed - the overhead 400,000-volt power lines to the, as yet unfinished, pylons that it has routed across the Tseng Lan Shue valley to Fei Ngo Shan. The speed with which this work has come about since our local protest group began to be heard is nothing short of electrifying.
So, we do have power, we only need to speak out and the job is done. The innocent residents of Tseung Kwan O ought to be very grateful for the spurt our campaign has given to the provision of electricity to their area, they won't have to wait till next January now.
I only hope that CLP will act as quickly and as responsively to us, the consumers, when the medical evidence - that proximity to high-voltage power lines does indeed cause cancers such as leukaemia - overwhelms their desks. The social costs will be staggering compared to the financial costs of routing these lines underground. If only CLP could move mountains.
STEPHANIE KUMARIA Clear Water Bay