My response to the first two questions raised by M. Dutard in the letter which appeared in these columns on March 26 is as follows: Due to town development, part of the structure of the Tin Hau Temple at Aberdeen was below ground level and as such was flooded during the rainy season.
In view of its dilapidated condition, coupled with the need to raise the structure to ground level, the Chinese Temples Committee decided to demolish the old temple and rebuild a new one in situs.
The project started in June 1999 and is expected to be completed in December of this year. The 'concrete box-like construction' referred to by your correspondent, is a temporary temple which will be pulled down upon completion of the new temple.
M. Dutard presumably refers to the Yee Pak Kung Temple situated at the hillside of Quarry Bay.
This temple together, with its deity, were totally destroyed by a landslide more than 10 years ago.
The temple lot was surrendered to the Government.
WILLIAM TAM NAI-YIM Acting Secretary Chinese Temples Committee