Legco sends plans for RTHK HQ back to the drawing board

RTHK’s Tai Keen-man

A controversial plan to build a new RTHK headquarters has been scrapped and a multibillion-dollar government funding request withdrawn in the face of opposition from Beijing loyalists in Legco.

Thursday, 30 January, 2014, 2:43pm 6 comments

Legislators' rebuff of budget for new RTHK home goes against reason

An artist impression of the new RTHK headquarters in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: SCMP

I do not understand how lawmakers' minds work. Since it has been agreed that a new RTHK broadcasting centre will be built, the only thing legislators needed to do was make sure what is needed justified the HK$6.1 billion budget. Turning down the funding request just because it was - to quote legislator Elizabeth Quat of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong - "an astronomical sum of money" is not a valid reason.

8 Jan 2014 - 2:47am 8 comments