Politician samples life in suburb

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 November, 2007, 12:00am

A politician is getting a taste of life in Tin Shui Wai, and hopes living there for a week will help her find ways to assist the deprived community.

Ann Chiang Lai-wan, vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, promised to live as the new town's residents live and feel what they feel.

She will take part in a series of activities and meetings with residents' groups, social workers, businesspeople, children and the elderly.

She moved in on the day welfare minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung descended on the community to hear residents' grievances.

In a weblog about her experiences there, Ms Chiang wrote she was sharing a flat in public housing on the Tin Yat Estate with a single mother and her two daughters.

She found business so-so when she dined at a restaurant, and wrote that a dai pai dong worker told her he earned just HK$200 for a 10-hour day.

Ms Chiang also complained that she did not see any police officers patrolling the district.

Ms Chiang, who lives in a luxury villa in Hong Lok Yuen, Tai Po, plans to accompany youth outreach social workers tomorrow evening.