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PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 October, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 1995, 12:00am

CONTRARY to the extraordinary claims in your editorial ('No hiding place,' South China Morning Post, September 30) that the Governor and his officials are 'sheltering in their offices' in the wake of the Kai Cheung incident this week, Mr Patten has no intention of being deterred from his busy programme of public visits - including those to temporary housing areas - by the behaviour of a minority of people who prevented him from listening to the problems and views of Kai Cheung residents during his visit.


Mr Patten's easy accessibility to the public has been one of the hallmarks of his governorship. He intends to maintain that openness. Indeed he has in the past visited about 10 temporary housing areas, including three where he did so unannounced even to the Housing Department.


All of those visits went without incident and enabled the Governor to get a clear understanding of the problems at first hand.


He has taken a close personal interest in this issue, which is why the Government has set such ambitious targets for the closure of temporary housing areas by 1997 and the rehousing of the residents - targets which are being met, despite inaccurate reporting to the contrary.


The Housing Department has sent letters to some 40,000 temporary housing residents clarifying these misleading reports. Housing managers are meeting residents clarifying these reports. Housing managers and staff are meeting residents personally to do likewise.


Mr Patten will make further visits to temporary housing areas and I am sure that the residents he meets will want to talk to him free from interference by rowdy elements whose behaviour makes serious dialogue impossible.


KERRY MCGLYNN Information Co-ordinator Government House