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Send waste to Zhuhai, says former finance chief

Antony Leung tells seminar deals should be struck to make use of neighbours' land

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 June, 2014, 3:10am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 June, 2014, 3:10am

The former financial secretary has suggested Hong Kong strike a deal with Zhuhai to set up an incinerator on an uninhabited islet where the city's rubbish could be disposed of.

Antony Leung Kam-chung raised the idea at a seminar yesterday on how the city should cope with its challenges.

Leung said a shortage of land was hindering the city's development - citing the ongoing dispute over government plans to build new towns in the northeastern New Territories, and conflict over rezoning green belts for housing.

He said the answer was for Hong Kong to form an alliance with neighbouring cities in the Pearl River Delta - including deals that enabled Hong Kong to make use of mainland land.

"Zhuhai is close to Hong Kong and will be just an hour's drive away once the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau bridge is open.

"Zhuhai has lots of land … We could ask it to allow Hong Kong to build incinerators or landfills on some remote islets in its waters. That could save us from disputes over the construction of these facilities," Leung told the seminar hosted by the Beijing-based Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, and the One Country Two Systems Research Institute. It was mainly attended by researchers from local think tanks.

The government is facing strong opposition to its proposal to expand the Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O and Ta Kwu Ling tips until a planned incinerator off Shek Kwu Chau - also a contentious project - is ready.

Leung, who is tipped as a potential candidate for the 2017 chief executive election, also said many Hongkongers were dissatisfied with the government because they felt the city was losing out to its competitors.

On competitiveness, political disputes were seen by some speakers as weakening the city's competitive edge. It was suggested that the city try to lure more professionals from the mainland to work in Hong Kong.

 

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captam
@"Zhuhai is close to Hong Kong and will be just an hour's drive away once the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau bridge is open"
How pathetically stupid to suggest that mountains of unsorted waste should be transported for an hour's drive to be burned in someone else's back garden. Quite apart from the cost, what about all the fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of those thousands of vehicles trundling back and forth. I suppose this helps Lexus-driving Leung relieve his embarrassment for supporting, while Financial Secretary, early plans for construction of this unwanted and unneeded bridge.
robdingwall
Why not create a new island somewhere as China is doing near the Spratly Islands.
xiaoblueleaf
Idiot, how about Shenzhen sending waste to Hong Kong?
Carparklee
If name of place such as Zhuhai has been suggested, what about other candidates such as the vicinity of Dai Ya Bay?
jackieng116
its a great idea. the land in hk should be reserved for high valve added bussiness and green belt. it is a win win solution to export such facilities including power stations to the mainland.
XYZ
"Send waste to Zhuhai, says former finance chief." Let's start with him.
onedistrict
What about looking into one of the uninhabited islands just outside of HK SAR administration but under mainland territorial waters?
virokick
Lexus Anthony sees a political opportunity to criticise the government - he talks about HK people being dissatisfied and the city loosing competitiveness. Of course with former Financial secretaries like him. We got a long way to clear up this mess he created.
HK , don't be fooled twice by the same man.
virokick
Send this ex finance chief waste to Zhuhai instead.
How come HK is re-cycling all these waste. And believe it or not , waste could be recycled from a Financial Secretary to a potential CE.
Sending HK's problems to China is not CE material, Anthony, that's a Lexus car and a young mainland wife material. You were Lexus Anthony young mainland wife back than and still are Lexus Anthony today. Too focused on young women and cars. In his own words - he was too focused on his wife back than; blame it all on your wife - like illegal under ground sauna palace Henry.
 
 
 
 
 

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