Spare Lantau Island from Hong Kong’s urban ambitions

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2016, 3:10pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2016, 3:10pm

Hong Kong as a city has developed exponentially. Urban development has made us a modern city for the modern world, and we are able to compete with other cities from all over the world. As citizens of Hong Kong, we are proud and privileged to say so.

However, we are disappointed to hear that the government is planning to convert Lantau into a metropolis at the cost of destroying the sanctuary of pink dolphins, a rare and endangered species. Plan after plan, Hong Kong is being continually juiced for financial potential, but has the government carefully carried out a cost-benefit analysis that considers Hong Kong’s environment? Sadly for this group of islands that were once covered with mountains and lush, dense forests, the answer is “no”.

In the midst of developing Hong Kong, we have lost sight of what truly benefits its citizens. The government’s priority to build a strong financial district has at the same time led to some unbearable consequences, with congested and overly busy roads resulting in pollution. People have become dissatisfied with Hong Kong’s poor standard of living.

We have lost what Hong Kong once was, a small, clean, open and green city. Hong Kong has no clear identity and has lost its culture and heritage. Why? Because all resources are being used to develop Hong Kong as a financial hub.

As we are already enough of a financial hub, there is no need for any government developmental plans to place emphasis on developing Hong Kong’s economy. Hong Kong provides more business opportunities for the world’s companies at the expense of its own infrastructure. Now, how exactly does this improve Hong Kong’s “face” to the rest of the world? In the midst of expansion, the Hong Kong government has forgotten to provide its citizens with what they deserve.

Raghav Goyal, Gio Leong and Peter Ko, Clear Water Bay