The West Kowloon cultural district project will be a hybrid of the ill-fated Harbour Fest and Cyberport, a social commentator said yesterday. Speaking at RTHK's City Forum, Mathias Woo Yan-wai accused the government of repeating its mistakes by inviting property developers to lead a cultural project. 'The government is committing the same mistake again. It invited the wrong department [InvestHK] to host Harbour Fest, and it invited the wrong party to conduct management of the Cyberport. 'The two projects have failed totally, and the cultural hub is even worse. It is a hybrid of the Harbour Fest and Cyberport,' said the director and scriptwriter. Mike Rowse, director of InvestHK, was strongly criticised for failing to monitor the American Chamber of Commerce's organising of Harbour Fest, a series of pop concerts staged last year which cost taxpayers $100 million. Disciplinary proceedings have been launched against Mr Rowse in connection with the fiasco. On Cyberport, the government was criticised for failing to create a level playing field to encourage fair competition, and giving a giant property developer preferential treatment. The project was awarded in 1999 without tender to Pacific Century CyberWorks, chaired by Richard Li Tzar-kai - son of tycoon Li Ka-shing. Mr Woo also criticised the government's assessment of the project bidders, which ignored opinions from the cultural industry. Under the government plan, the successful bidders will manage the site for 30 years. He also urged Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen not to lose his temper so easily when meeting experts from the cultural field. He said Mr Tsang had lost his temper during a meeting with representatives from the local cultural sector. Vincent Ng Wing-shun, who chairs the planning and lands committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, said the cultural district development was in fact a property project. 'The property developers are trying to wed someone from the cultural industry, so that they can have a meal ticket which allows them to turn the land into residential use and make money,' he said.