To Kwa Wan

Letters to the Editor, June 8, 2013

The To Kwa Wan area has been neglected. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Protect historic treasures of To Kwa Wan

As a resident of Hong Kong I have come to care deeply for this city.

Part of what makes it such a wonderful place to live in lies in the character of its distinct neighbourhoods. To Kwa Wan is among these.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 2:11am

Man evicted from decades-old illegal home in To Kwa Wan

Crudely built shacks at the back of Kiu Yu Mansion are targeted in an official clearance. Photo: Felix Wong

Buildings officials yesterday evicted a resident from an unauthorised structure in To Kwa Wan where he had been living for years.

6 Jun 2013 - 2:26pm

Shaking flats in To Kwa Wan halt MTR construction

Affected area

Excavation work at a To Kwa Wan railway construction site has been suspended after more than 50 residents were evacuated because of reports that nearby buildings were shaking.

The residents of four blocks in Maidstone Road were allowed to return two hours later after their homes were declared safe. But work on the MTR's Ma Tau Wai station remained suspended.

17 May 2013 - 3:11am

Residents evacuated after 'shaking' in To Kwa Wan building

More than 50 residents of four buildings in To Kwa Wan were evacuated after tenants reported they felt one of the structures shake on Thursday morning.

Emergency crews were sent to Maidstone Road at about 9.30am after tenants of the six-storey block felt a vibration and called police.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Lessons in safety need to be learned again

Blocks on Ma Tau Wai Road are being demolished following the fatal collapse. Photo: David Wong

Whenever a terrible disaster occurs, whether it is a fatal blaze or ferry collision, the questions asked are the same. How did it happen? Is anyone responsible? And above all, how can it be avoided? It is as much about doing justice to those who suffer as learning our lesson. It is imperative that no questions are left unanswered.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Repairman fined HK$10,000 over To Kwa Wan building collapse

Chu Wai-wing, 77, leaves Kowloon City Court yesterday. He was the only person prosecuted over the To Kwa Wan case. Photo: Edward Wong

Chu Wai-wing, 77, the only person prosecuted over the 2010 collapse, which killed four people, maintained he was a "scapegoat" shouldering all the blame, which the Buildings Department should have shared.

7 Mar 2013 - 7:06am

No sign of concrete action since To Kwa Wan tragedy

The Buildings Department appears to have done little to improve its inspection system three years after the collapse of a To Kwa Wan tenement that killed four people, critics say.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Talking Points

Chu Wai-wing

A 77-year-old repairman is sentenced for breaching building regulations while working on a To Kwa Wan tenement which later collapsed, killing four people. 

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Repairman guilty in To Kwa Wan collapse

Chu Wai-wing, 77, hasn't worked since the tragedy and relies on welfare. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 77-year-old repairman was yesterday found to have breached building regulations for work he did at a To Kwa Wan tenement which collapsed in January 2010, killing four people. Chu Wai-wing faced a summons under the Buildings Ordinance accusing him of carrying out work likely to cause injury to people and damage to property. He was found to be in breach at Kowloon City Court following a trial. He had pleaded not guilty.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:35am

For some, the nightmares remain

There is just an empty lot where the building was in Ma Tau Wai Road. Some survivors are still seeing psychiatrists. Photo:David Wong

Three years after a deadly building collapse, the victims of Ma Tau Wai Road are still picking up the pieces. On the afternoon of January 29, 2010, residents in Block J at 45 Ma Tau Wai Road thought an earthquake had struck. Moments later there was a deafening boom and the five-storey building crumbled in a plume of dust. Four people died - student Tong Qingtao, 20, optician Choy Tao-keung, 40, and sex workers Lo Kin-wa, 46, and Li Qunzhen, 37.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:12am

Relatives file claims in To Kwa Wan tenement collapse case

Estate administrators of the four people killed in the collapse of a To Kwa Wan tenement in 2010 have filed claims for compensation.

In a High Court writ, the estates of Lo Kin-wa, 46; Li Qunzhen, 37; student Tong Qingtao, 20, and optician Choy Tao-keung, 40, are asking for unspecified damages.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:47am

Owner of collapsed To Kwa Wan block 'won't get URA payout'

The owner of a To Kwa Wan tenement building that collapsed in 2010, killing four people, has failed to get any compensation from the Urban Renewal Authority over redevelopment of the area, it emerged yesterday.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:12am

Illegal structures in To Kwa Wan ordered demolished

The Buildings Department has won a six-month legal battle for a demolition order against a decades-old illegal neighbourhood in a To Kwa Wan alley.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:21am

Q&A With Our Experts, September 12, 2012

Cookie Wong

Q: I live in Sha Tin but plan to move closer to my daughter's school in Kowloon City. I would like to buy a two-bedroom flat in districts such as Kowloon City or To Kwa Wan. My budget is less than HK$4 million but I don't want to buy a flat in an old housing estate. Could you give me some suggestions?

28 Oct 2013 - 11:39am

On the market

Hong Kong Parkview - Tower 09

Situated in Tai Tam Country Park, Hong Kong Parkview's apartments range from smaller two-bedroom to large five-bedroom homes. On offer is a 2,764 sq ft apartment with three bedrooms, including two en-suites. Asking price is HK$48 million.

Agent: Stephen Chan of Landscope Christie's International Real Estate (9093 3381)

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am