New town ruled out for border area
The government has no plan to set up a satellite town on land released by the proposed opening up of the restricted border area, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong told legislators in a progress report. He said most of the released land was hilly and had high conservation value. It also lacked the necessary infrastructure, such as roads and drainage, for a new town. Mr Lee said the government was considering suggestions that the opening up could be carried out in phases, as some land would be released sooner than originally planned.
Alan Leong receives second threatening letter
Former chief executive candidate, the Civic Party's Alan Leong Kah-kit, received another threatening letter - the second in four days. A letter addressed to Mr Leong containing a fork was received at the Legislative Council. Security informed the police, who opened the package at noon. There was no letter but words on the envelope implied he was mentally ill, had too much time on his hands and should see a doctor. Mr Leong said the fork seemed to belong to the same set as the knife he received on Sunday, although the message was less clear. He said the police were investigating.