800-strong body planned to examine the shortlisted proposals for West Kowloon A group of community activists is planning to form an 800-strong panel to assess the three bids shortlisted for the West Kowloon cultural project. The People's Forum on West Kowloon, a coalition of at least 14 non-governmental organisations, said the committee would include planners, accountants, architects, engineers and artists. It announced the plan yesterday and appealed for public support, saying the size of the panel could be expanded if it received an enthusiastic response from the public. Group spokesman Leung Man-tao said: 'We don't mind if the panel turns out to be more representative than the 800-member Election Committee responsible for selecting the chief executive.' The group also questioned the government's methodology and sincerity in listening to public views during the consultation process. 'Before the shortlist announcement was made, the government said the consultation would start next year and last for six months, and now it will only last for six weeks,' Mr Leung said. 'We want to know why they suddenly changed the plan.' He also asked how people could make an informed decision on the cultural project merely by looking at models and artists' impressions presented by the developers. The government will display the three shortlisted bids at the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui. Mr Leung said: 'We believe [that with] a project of such unprecedented scale and nature, the entire selection and implementation process must be transparent and with high-level public participation.' Members of the forum include the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, the People's Council for Sustainable Development, multimedia production company Zuni Icosahedron, Civil Act-up, SynergyNet and the University of Hong Kong's Cultural Research Centre. They plan to hold a public forum on November 27 during which an 80-member focus group will be set up. This group will work out next month how to expand itself into an 800-member panel. The group will be responsible for the panel's composition, and will invite the entire legislature, all district council chairmen and vice-chairmen, professionals, international and mainland experts to join the panel. Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen told Legco on Wednesday that three of five proposals had been shortlisted for further assessment and public consultation, which starts in the middle of next month. The three shortlisted bidders are Dynamic Star International, a Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties joint venture; Sunny Development, a consortium formed between Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings; and World City Culture Park, a subsidiary of Henderson Land Development.