WHERE THEY STAND Law Chi-kwong Democratic Party member Then: Supported Now: Opposes 'There was no reason to object at that time. But we have to respect the rule of law as the court ruled against the government over the reclamation.' Yeung Sum Democratic Party chairman Then: Accepted Now: Opposes 'Now we think the public consultation should be reopened because circumstances have changed. Population growth is not evident on Hong Kong island. Congestion is less serious than expected.' Emily Lau Wai-hing The Frontier convenor Then: Supported Now: Supports, conditionally 'I still hold the view that the Central reclamation project can go ahead as long as the approach is minimalist. At that time, I trusted the government by what it referred to as 'minimalist'. I heard no opposition views at that time.' Miriam Lau Kin-yee Liberal Party member Then: Supported Now: Supports 'We shouldn't oppose reclamation because many people oppose it. Are you suggesting that we can't do anything because of other people's objections?' James Tien Pei-chun Liberal Party chairman Then: Accepted Now: Reconsidering 'We always support protecting the harbour. How would we know the government would play tricks and reclaim such a big piece of the harbour? Miriam told us there was a need for a road, so we supported it.' Ip Kwok-him, Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong vice-chairman Then: Supported Now: Reconsidering 'We have to strike a balance between protecting the harbour and solving the traffic congestion. We must respect the court's decision. The government needs to reconsider the plan.' Tsang Yok-sing, Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Then: Accepted Now: Reconsidering 'At that time, I thought the reclamation project was in the public interest as it would give us more space and a beautiful environment.... But if the public opposes reclamation and sees these factors as secondary, we would have to reassess...'