One of the shortlisted bidders for the West Kowloon Cultural District project yesterday publicly affirmed it intends to stay in the race to win the development tender. Sunny Development - a consortium formed by Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings - said: 'The project is beneficial to Hong Kong. Sunny Development is interested in continuing with the project. We will support the government, respect the public's opinion and try our best.' The government has asked the three shortlisted bidders to indicate by the end of this month whether or not they wish to remain in the bidding process. Sunny's rivals, one controlled by Henderson Land and the other a joint venture of Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties, said they would reply to the government today. If two of the consortiums pull out, the government has said it will have to scrap the tendering process and start again. A source told the South China Morning Post this week that neither of Sunny's rivals was likely to say yes or no to the government this month, and that a decision on who gets the tender would likely be delayed for several months. Albert Lai Kwong-tak, chairman of the Conservancy Association's centre for heritage, said the government had only itself to blame if the project was delayed. 'If the government keeps negotiating with developers about delays and changes in requirements, it's breaking its promise. What it should do is formulate a proper cultural policy and master plan.' Ada Wong Ying-kay, of the People's Panel on West Kowloon, said the government should start the consultation on cultural development as soon as possible. 'Hong Kong already has an arts hub without the West Kowloon project,' Ms Wong said. 'What we lack is the software ... and funding systems for budding talent.'