Yung Shue Wan shuns concrete jungle, despite what officials say

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 April, 2011, 12:00am


Nicholas Botelho ('Cheaper holiday ferry fares will bring more visitors to Mui Wo', April 7) should be very careful what he wishes for.

Our government beautifying Mui Wo? He can't have seen the damage done by its efforts at Peng Chau. Yes there are flowers. There are also wide expanses of concrete and tiles and little sign of life.

Untold millions were spent on the project and yet hectares of nothing resulted. All the old seafront shops and restaurants have been bankrupted by a massive sea wall that now blocks the view that brought in the visitors.

The government is about to impose a similar plan on Yung Shue Wan. Now, ignoring previously successful campaigns in 1994-1995 and 2003 against this business-destroying monster, our 'listening government' is driving ahead without further consultation with those who live there, claiming that everybody knows all about it and all are in favour.

This is simply untrue. A quick survey around the village of those most directly affected revealed that hardly anyone knew about what changes were planned. Apparently the plan has the support of our village representative; getting to the bottom of the matter is proving very difficult.

It's a done deal. We will get what we are told is good for us and like it, even while knowing that the Peng Chau model destroyed all waterfront businesses.

The plan is one of short-term gain for a few select people by way of pouring thousands of cubic meters of concrete. It will also result in an end to all business life on Yung Shue Wan's waterfront.

Jobs and tax revenue will be lost and further misery inflicted on the weak by an uncaring government, all in the name of progress. We are being gifted this blessing based on a wholly theoretical possibility of a once-in-50-years flood.

As one of those who would be put out of business, I am happy to take my chances on this and look to the insurance industry as my backup.

Peter Berry, Yung Shue Wan