Full-steam ahead on Cheng work express

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 January, 2010, 12:00am

It's the season to be merry but Eva Cheng has been glued to her office throughout the holiday. The Secretary for Transport and Housing (pictured right) is proving to be among the most hard-working ministers in the government, labouring through the holiday without taking a day off. Government jobs just ain't what they used to be anymore.

When asked by reporters this week how she was enjoying Christmas and the New Year, a clearly overworked Cheng gave a rather paranoid answer. 'So many things are happening. Have to work, otherwise I might be sacked,' she said.

Little wonder. The Guangdong-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail is proving more controversial by the week after revelations that it will cost a whopping HK$66.9 billion. For that kind of money, we don't even get to get off in central Guangzhou, but at middle-of-nowhere Shibi some 20 kilometres away. Hostile lawmakers have been preparing a grilling session in the legislature next week just for Cheng. Good luck, we say!

Meanwhile, Cheng is ready to take a group of local reporters on a ride on the newly open, 922-kilometre rail link between Wuhan and Guangzhou, which will take less than three hours. Billed as the world's fastest high-speed rail service, officials like Cheng are keen to show off the joy of ultra-fast rail. It sure is nice but should Hong Kong taxpayers hand out billions just for the privilege?