|An illustration of what the West Kowloon-Guangzhou station will look like|
|What the site looks like now, three years behind schedule|
If the Legislative Council does not approve this extra funding request by the government, then the project will be further delayed. But that's fine -- do we really need this high-speed train when we can get to Guangzhou relatively comfortably in three hours currently?
Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung apologized yesterday for the delay and the cost of the overruns, while others called for his resignation. One should check to see if he owns any MTR shares...
|Why should taxpayers bail out the MTR for cost overruns?|
The Civic Party is proposing that these mainland immigration officers could check passengers while on the train, however Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung hinted last month that the officers would be based in Hong Kong, after his chat with officials in Beijing.
"If Hong Kong people allow mainland officers to be stationed in Hong Kong, it will set a bad and irrevocable precedent to the rule of law in Hong Kong," said party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit.
The Hong Kong government is probably going to lose this round. Public sentiment for this high-speed rail link and the MTR has plunged considerably. It will be eventually built, and mainland immigration officers will probably be stationed in the West Kowloon station, but resentment for the MTR and the government will continue to simmer...