Team effort to canvass support
Rafael Hui Si-yan, chairman of the consultative committee for the West Kowloon project, and three of its key members, will team up with the government to canvass public support for the project.
A government source said because it had basically agreed with the committee's suggestions, a public consultation would begin tomorrow in which a government team headed by Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen would work with the committee to deliver the proposal to the public.
The committee, comprising three advisory groups, was set up in April last year to re-examine and reconfirm the need for the project, and its financial implications. The groups advised on financial, performing arts and tourism, and museum matters. Their terms expired at the end of June.
Along with Mr Hui, the three advisory groups' leaders - Ronald Arculli, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee and Victor Lo Chung-wing - will attend a Legislative Council meeting and press conference tomorrow to provide more details of their recommendations. Since the new administrative term began in July, the government has switched to working with other involved parties in promoting prominent projects.
The source said Mr Hui and the three leaders might be invited to other functions, such as a project forum.
Mr Hui has been tipped to head the authority that will oversee the project, handling not more than HK$25 billion in public money involved.