Mainland property speculators will gain from reclamation, not HK citizens

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am


I do not support any further attempt by the government to create more land through reclamation projects.

The reason for my opposition is simple. The land obtained from any reclamation plan will not end up making Hong Kong more spacious and a better place to live.

What concerns me is the real purpose behind the government's proposal to carry out reclamation in selected sites outside Victoria Harbour.

If the land created out of the sea is to be used to erect more high-rise residential blocks, then this will exacerbate congestion in areas, which I believe would be chosen, such as Tseung Kwan O and Ma On Shan. Over the last 10 years, these areas have experienced rapid development. We could see structures going up that would create 'wall-effect' problems.

Also, these waterfront residential estates would probably be very expensive. Who could afford them, the post-1980s generation? More likely it would be real estate investors, mostly from the mainland, who would probably never even move in. They would be the main beneficiaries of a reclamation programme.

I wonder if the housing problems we face in Hong Kong will ever be eased. I used to hope that if the government went ahead with more reclamation, it would transform the new land into parks and other recreational areas for the Hong Kong public. But I do not think this is what will happen.

We will just see more skyscrapers added to our cityscape. Will that really make Hong Kong a better place?

Also, these reclamation projects will do irreversible damage to our natural environment.

Clarence Kwok, Tai Wai