On This Day

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 March, 1993, 12:00am

ON THIS day 25 years ago: the Government was urged to set up an Industrial Development Council to provide more positive encouragement to industry.

Dr S. Y. Chung told the debate on the Budget in the Legislative Council there was a growing body of opinion in industry which believed the time had come for Government to review its laissez-faire policy in regard to industry.

Many industrialists believed it would be beneficial to Hongkong if Government showed a more liberal attitude to the needs of industry, and provide more positive encouragement in areas where the need was apparent, he said.

Mr P. C. Woo said it was immensely important an early start should be made in building the four-lane, cross-harbour tunnel, which was approved by the council 18 months ago.

Mr Szeto Wai criticised the high cost of the proposed underground railway system for the territory. A ROYAL Air Force Whirlwind helicopter airlifted a generator to the remote island of Po Toi.

The generator, costing $3,270, was donated by Mr Horace Kadoorie to supply the 300 to 400 inhabitants on the island with electricity for the first time.

The generator was installed in the newly-built generator house by men of the Welsh Regiment, who also carried out the wiring of the island's 48 homes, school and temple.

The army contributed $4,000 and the Southern District Office $16,000 for the purchase of electrical lighting appliances.