Donald Tsang

Controversial gates stay

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2005, 12:00am

The government has rejected calls to remove the gates to the Central Government Offices in Lower Albert Road.

District councillors campaigning for unrestricted public access to the complex say officials have no plans to remove the gates, which were installed after the handover.

The gates have been criticised as being a reflection of the government's intolerance towards protests under Chinese rule.

There have been suggestions that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen would have them removed when he moves his office and residence to Government House later this year.

Democrat Kam Nai-wai said the Chief Secretary's Office had told him and fellow Western and Central District councillors the gates were needed to keep public order.

Mr Kam said Mr Tsang had claimed he would stay close to the public but yet appeared to be keeping his distance.

'I don't see there is anything to worry about,' he said. 'The [gates] have done damage, both aesthetically and emotionally.'