The government should pay the legal costs of three Hong Kong public housing estate residents who are seeking to have their cases heard by a judge-led investigation into the city’s lead-in-water scandal, an inquiry heard.


One man was killed and two women injured - one of them seriously - in road accidents across the city last night. In Aberdeen Street, Central, a black Mercedes driven by what witnesses described as a 'young' male driver, careered out of control and ploughed into two foreign women - thought to be from the UK, sending one of them flying into the air before crashing into a shop front.

The owner of an 80-year-old Hong Kong shophouse that is being demolished to make way for a commercial tower has refused to meet development minister Paul Chan Mo-po as the government made last-ditch efforts to save parts of the building, it has emerged.

When the Avenue of Stars project was awarded to New World Development without an open tender in 2003, the idea of upping the glam factor at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront met with little opposition.


A proposed pop-up shopping complex near the border with Shenzhen would operate for just three years before making way for a permanent mall, it emerged yesterday.

The lead contamination scare plaguing public housing estates has spilled over to an upmarket private residential development in Cheung Sha Wan where water with a lead level almost twice the safe limit was detected in a kitchen serving the banquet hall.