Hong Kong reclamation doubters need only recall Chek Lap Kok airport criticism
Tom Yam (“Why Hong Kong is about to make a costly mistake in reclamation for East Lantau Metropolis”, September 7) may recall how annoying the argument was when the Hong Kong International Airport was but a few scratches on a drawing board.
Those opposed to the plan made all kinds of management and financial fuss every day to stop the project from taking off, and so destroy the well-being of Hongkongers. That is, until the then airport authority entered into an agreement with leading banks to underwrite the project balance, paving the way to prosperity and pleasant flights. If not for this endeavour, we would have ended up like a third-world country with endless passenger congestion in the Kai Tak hangar.
The drum beats again for this mega earth-moving project, and we need someone with long-term historical vision, wisdom, courage and strength of character who can tell pragmatism from extravagance, and can spearhead the project with the team in charge, disperse the rumours and lay the groundwork to benefit generations of Hongkongers.
Edmond Pang, Fanling