Normal access not affected

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 November, 1997, 12:00am

I refer to the letter from Helen C. Ma, which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on November 22, headlined, 'New fence unsettling'.

Ms Ma expressed concern regarding the new perimeter fence at the Central Government Offices (GCO).

I would like to clarify the matter. The old perimeter fence in the CGO was built a long time ago and has to be replaced and we have taken this opportunity to strengthen and extend it.

The new perimeter fence will enhance the overall security in the CGO so that it is on a par with that in Government House.

This takes into account that the Chief Executive's Office will be located in the CGO. However, the new fence will remain open most of the time and will not therefore affect normal access to the CGO by the general public. I wish to assure Ms Ma that the fence will, in no way, 'segregate' the Hong Kong SAR Government from the general public and there is no reason to suggest that it is an indication that the HKSAR Government is becoming less open and accountable.

The HKSAR Government remains an open, efficient and accountable government and is committed to listening to community views and debating publicly issues of importance to the community.

PAUL TANG for Director of Administration