Hermits challenge eviction

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 November, 1998, 12:00am

Three Buddhist hermits have turned to the law to fight an eviction order from the Government.

The trio, from the Bodhi Monastery on remote Fu Yung Hill in Tsuen Wan, have been ordered to move because the temple is on a dangerous slope.

They should have moved by last Tuesday but stayed put to 'protect the holy monastery'.

Monastery supervisor the Reverend Fah Koon, 65, yesterday claimed the Government wanted to force the monks out so developers could build luxury villas.

Reverend Fah Koon admitted the slope was unstable but argued: 'Even if you move to the moon, you are subject to some kind of danger. We have been living here for more than 40 years. We think it is a safe place.' He said he and monks Chuen Po and Gwo Yan had applied for legal aid to fight the government order.

A Buildings Department spokeswoman yesterday said it would set an eviction date, pending the outcome of the monks' legal aid application. She said the eviction had nothing to do with property development.