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Hong Kong housing

Even Chinese communists wouldn’t destroy Fanling golf course for housing

    PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 January, 2019, 6:02pm
    UPDATED : Saturday, 19 January, 2019, 6:02pm

    I could not agree more with G. Bailey (“Fanling golf course is no playground for the elite”, January 15). I am not a member, but I live in Fanling and have enjoyed many short trips playing on the driving range of the Hong Kong Golf Club for a small fee. I am also allowed to book and play on one of the courses during the daytime, a privilege which the club, unlike many others, gives even to players without handicap cards.

    The Fanling golf club has always generously welcomed golf beginners, who get to practise the gentle game on its beautiful, manicured grass.

    The club holds international tournaments every year that draw not only top golfers but also fans of the game to Hong Kong. The tournaments benefit the tourism industry, like the Rugby Sevens held in Hong Kong Stadium. If we allow the golf club to be taken over for housing, where does it stop?

    Whenever I take a train passing Chinese University, I see a quiet football field next to the railway tracks. If the current madness had prevailed years ago, this field would probably have been taken over by the Science Park that now sits on the other side.

    Fortunately, someone had the sense then to reclaim land from Tolo Harbour and build the park on a new site.

    Can this save Fanling?

    Destroying property and the environment in the name of the poor is not being Robin Hood, but retreating to communist thinking: even President Xi Jinping would not agree.

    Edmond Pang, Fanling

    Should Donald Tsang speak up for Fanling course?

    I refer to “Donald Tsang says he has put aside hatred as he walks free from jail” (January 15). It was reported that former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen savoured his freedom with breakfast at the Hong Kong Golf Club’s Deep Water Bay facility. He would probably have been among old friends, as this is a popular place with property tycoons.

    Perhaps they will be grateful if Tsang can use his influence within the government to overcome the threat to the golf club’s course at Fanling, which has been shortlisted by the Land Supply Task Force as an option for easing the housing crunch. This would be an irony as it was the Tsang administration’s inaction on land creation that exacerbated the housing problem.

    Charlie Chan, Mid-Levels