Fast footwork on pedestrian bridge

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 October, 2008, 12:00am

It's democrat paranoia again, but they always insist we don't have 'one country, two systems'. The latest complaint is from lawmaker Kam Nai-wai about a footbridge being built by the foreign ministry in Mid-Levels across McDonnell Road to its staff quarters. Walking down about 100 metres to work is clearly too strenuous for our fine civil servants.

'You know how difficult it is to apply to build a pedestrian bridge?' asked the veteran democrat, who is also a district councillor for Central and Western. 'You have to go through many government departments, and consult residents and council members to make sure there are no objections.'

Apparently the ministry just had to notify our government and voila! It's approved! 'None of us in the district council knew ... until we received complaints about construction works,' Mr Kam said. 'That's how things are done on the mainland. Don't we still have one country, two systems?' Of course we do: it's one system for big brothers and another for the rest of us.