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If Hong Kong country parks are built up, go to mainland for leisure, government adviser suggests

Surveyor Kaizer Lau stokes debate by suggesting Hongkongers cross border to escape city life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 11:35am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 4:45pm

The mainland is an alternative to country parks as a place for Hongkongers to relieve the stress of city life, a government adviser said amid debate on developing housing in some parks.

Locals should "never say never" to the idea of using country park land to build homes, said Kaizer Lau Ping-cheung, a member of the new committee advising the government on developing Lantau Island. Fellow committee member Franklin Lam Fan-keung suggested building in Lantau's parks on Sunday.

Discussion continued on an RTHK phone-in show yesterday, involving Lau, a surveyor and former lawmaker, and former Observatory chief Lam Chiu-ying.

When a caller asked Lau where locals could find space to relieve the pressures of city life if country parks were developed, he responded: "Hongkongers are free to travel to the mainland.

"Since the mainland opened up more than 30 years ago, many locals from the middle and lower classes have crossed the border for leisure, to visit relatives, to invest and conduct business or to send their children to school. Therefore, I am not too worried in this regard."

Lam Chiu-ying disagreed, saying country parks should not be built on. Instead, he proposed residential developments of 20 to 30 storeys be built in place of low-rise homes in the New Territories.

The idea of developing country park land has been debated since it was floated by Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po in his blog in September, "in the face of a shortage of land supply and a big housing demand".

Green Sense president Roy Tam Hoi-pong, also convenor of a concern group on population policy, criticised Lau for failing to understand public sentiment.

"He shouldn't impose his own view on all Hongkongers," Tam said. "Locals are already seriously disturbed by the influx of mainland visitors on a daily basis, largely because of cultural differences. I don't think they want to be surrounded by more mainlanders when they want to relax."

He said the city's country parks allowed for convenient one-day visits. "You can enjoy it in the day and return home at the end of the day."

Lau and Franklin Lam were too keen on integrating the city with mainland development despite resistance from Hongkongers, Tam said.

 

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whoaman
Yet another government twit, this time named Kaizer??...where do they find these guys?
He must love going to the mainland for pleasure...hahaha - someone should ask him how much he pays for the ladies and massages....
toyung@gmail.com
This is real idiotic!!!
A gd city planning should incorporate uses of land for different purposes, like leisure, industrial, commercial, residential, etc. definitely, never a biased single use. This stupidity is reli sthg we couldn't stand for our future!
sammckhk
another idiot, why does this government attract them like flies round a honey pot or more likely around a pile of s h i t .
does he ever cross the border as an ordinary person without any VIP lane ? does he know the crowds at weekends ? and to travel more than 2 hours each way to get to some greenery... these guys in all the government committees are SO out of touch
rvto
Does he try to tell that HK and Shenzhen must integrate to one city ??
Greenwash
Idiotic is a good word for this government. Why do we need 500,000 new flats? The HK population is not changing much, and household size is fairly stable as well. Are the flats to be built so that mainlanders have somewhere to park their cash? Seriously?
OR is the government's idea to build 500,000 new flats and then let 2 million mainlanders into Hong Kong?
iluvmycity
You've got to be kidding me! How does HK breed such idiocy?
nicky.narwani
how about fare, hotel, food,visas etc.... all will be free of charge..... then it might be worth........... try it....
ianson
Another brain-dead grasping CCP acolyte. Let's get democratic and turf them all out.
John Adams
This probably THE most idiotic proposal I have ever heard in over 30 years living in HK.
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I am very familiar with the Mainland, having traveled there to work 5 days / week for 25 years, and I know only too well that crossing the border to go anywhere is a pain in the neck and a r s e (not to mention the pocket) , besides taking AGES.
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The idea that I take off for a day's hiking or a BBQ with my kids to some place across the border is about as impractical as saying I should go to the moon for the day.
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MEANWHILE ... back on Lantau, although I can easily get from Central or Kowloon to Tung Chung on the MTR , can I catch a morning bus to North Lantau ? H e l l NO because of the huge crowds of mainland tourists all going to Tai O. And as to getting back from Tai O to Tung Chung on a weekend afternoon by bus - forget it . The queues are often several hundred long. Quicker to walk along the coastal path to Tung Chung.
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Seems this idiot Kaizer Lau is hand in hand with fellow idiot Greg So. They both want to send HK-er's to the Mainland to make space for for Mainland tourists in HK !
XYZ
Every once in a while one of these self-aggrandizing minions of the CCP lets the mask slip for a moment. This is one of those moments.

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