Housing chief calls for details but no offer is made Tycoon Walter Kwok Ping-sheung said yesterday he was open to any proposal by the government to buy back Hunghom Peninsula, the never-occupied waterfront estate his company plans to demolish. Within hours of the remarks by the chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties, housing minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung had contacted the estate's owner First Star - a consortium of Sun Hung Kai and a New World Development subsidiary - for 'an idea of what they're thinking', the government said. The comment by Mr Kwok, whose company teamed up with NWS Holdings to redevelop the estate after the government sold it in February, came as opposition to the demolition plan mounted. Two Greenpeace activists staged a protest yesterday at Sun Hung Kai Properties' annual general meeting. Carrying a banner saying 'no demolition', they said the developer should be a 'responsible enterprise and should not demolish the buildings'. Protester Gloria Cheung Wan-ki said: 'The company should make a contribution to the Earth.' After the meeting, Mr Kwok said: 'If the government proposes [anything new] to us, we will have room for negotiation.' Still, he insisted the plan to destroy the seven-block estate - comprising 2,470 flats built for sale under the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) but pulled from the market two years ago to help push up property prices - and build luxury flats was sensible. 'Anyone ... would make such a decision in the wake of a property recovery,' he said. He acknowledged the plan had caused concern and pledged that in deciding the fate of the estate 'we will respect the law, public opinion and government policy'. Sun Hung Kai vice-chairman and managing director Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong said the government was yet to make any new proposal. '[The government] has not mentioned any plan to buy back [the development],' he said before Mr Suen contacted First Star. The housing minister also promised yesterday to provide correspondence between officials and developers and other relevant documents to the legislature within the next couple of days. Some lawmakers and green groups have urged the government to consider buying back Hunghom Peninsula. Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat, who is vice-chairman of the housing panel, suggested the government buy back the buildings and sell them as HOS flats or as private housing. An environmental group, Green Sense, yesterday called on students, social groups and the public to wear a red ribbon next Wednesday in protest against the demolition plan. More than 1,000 pupils and teachers at Ma Tau Chung Government Primary School, which will be badly affected by the demolition, and some lawmakers had promised to take part, the group said.