Officials and police failing to crack down on illegal activities
Once again we see an example of the Environmental Protection Department dragging its feet when it comes to investigating, reporting and prosecuting illegal activities.
However, this lassitude is driven by two factors; firstly the lack of leadership at the top.
We need dynamic heads who get out of their air-conditioned offices and drive with their entourages to where the action is. In this case I am referring to illegal dumping sites in the northwest New Territories.
I would love to see the head of the department striding around, like the late Jack Cater [first commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption], ordering police to shut down, there and then, one of these illegal recycling plants. “You want to sue the EPD? Go ahead, here’s my name card.”
The second point ties in with the first. The department, along with the Lands Department, the Buildings Department, and the police fear upsetting the Heung Yee Kuk.
For example, there has been intermittent illegal motor bike racing for literally years up and down Route Twisk in the (surprise) New Territories.
Why don’t the police act decisively and shut it down? Well, the poor police officer on the ground who notices what is happening is going to get the same support from the top as the poor environmental protection officer trudging around Yuen Long (and seeing these illegal sites) will get from his boss – that is, nil.
So forms get filled in, boxes are ticked and everyone does the absolute minimum.
They are prodded into half-hearted action when public outrage reaches a critical mass. And as for the rule of law, that stops at the Lion Rock.
David Ollerearnshaw, Yuen Long