New World Development

Mei Foo battle may involve sibling rivalry

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 May, 2011, 12:00am


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Mei Foo residents fighting a building plan want to hire Civic Party lawmaker Audrey Eu Yuet-mee to take up their legal case. The move would pitch her against her brother, the developer's lawyer Benjamin Yu SC.

The Civic Party leader and four other lawmakers joined a protest outside the site on April 3 against the high-rise residential project. Billion Star Development, the developer, has retained Benjamin Yu.

'We may consider asking her,' said Wong Tak-chuen, the Sham Shui Po District councillor representing the residents and a member of the Civic Party.

But Eu is hesitating, saying she had seldom litigated since becoming a lawmaker; and time was her main concern.

Residents again protested outside Mong Kok jewellery shops under the Chow Tai Fook Group yesterday. They claimed Billion Star Development was backed by New World Development. New World Development chairman Cheng Yu-tung is the owner of the Chow Tai Fook Group.

New World denies that it is related to Billion Star.

Around 80 protesters blew whistles, vuvuzelas, beat drums and shouted slogans for about an hour outside the jewellery shop at the junction of Dundas Street and Nathan Road.

One of the shop entrances had to be closed but business continued. One of the lanes on Nathan Road had to be temporarily shut. Supported by the League of Social Democrats and People's Power, they shouted into loudspeakers. More people were outside three other Chow Tai Fook branches on Nathan Road.

Though Billion Star Development's interim injunction application was turned down last Friday, it is still seeking an injunction to stop protests that have halted work at the Mei Foo site since mid-March. It is also seeking HK$1.4 million in losses due to delays in construction.