PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 May, 2011, 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Which of the following statements about the development is not true?

a. The number of bird species will drop dramatically.

b. The public were able to comment on the application until recently.

c. Most residents have already moved out.

d. Green groups say the environmental value of the area is not fully appreciated.

2 According to Cheng Nok-ming, why are people unaware of the site's environmental value?

a. Few studies have been done on it.

b. The people there do not care about it.

c. Conducting a study costs a lot of money.

d. The government has a terrible policy on environmental protection.

3 According to Chan Kim-ching, what had become an incentive for the landlords to send the villagers away?

a. The government asked them to send the villagers away.

b. The site is rich in a kind of chemical that can be sold for a lot of money.

c. The landlords are cold-hearted.

d. The developer told the landlords that they would get a better offer if the land was vacant.

4 What does Chan think Henderson should do about the farmland in Ma Shi Po?

a. Plant more trees on it.

b. Lease the land to those who want to farm for fun.

c. Build tall buildings on it.

d. Sell the site to the villagers.

Think about

1 In what situation, if any, should villagers be evacuated for large-scale developments?

2 How severe will the damage of a development project be to the surrounding environment?

3 Do you think the government and developers really listen to the people during public consultations?


1 The suspect ___________ that he did not murder his friend.

2 This idea of cultivating crops on this land is not really ___________ .

3 The high-speed rail saga last year ___________ Ben's interest in politics.


Reading comprehension

1. c, 2. a, 3. d, 4. b


1 insisted, 2. feasible, 3. sparked