|We may see a replica of this in Hong Kong in West Kowloon in a few years|
The biggest question is why there isn't any public consultation over it -- do we really need a replica of the Forbidden City that's worth that much money? Or is this meant to be a subtle hint that Beijing isn't as far away as we think?
According to legislation on the arts hub it says: "the Authority shall, in relation to matters concerning the development or operation of arts and cultural facilities, related facilities, ancillary facilities and any other matters as the Authority considers fit, consult the public at such time and in such manner as it considers appropriate".
However, Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who is also chairwoman of the authority's board, said the project didn't need public consultation because it was run by the authority and not the government, and also it was being funded by the Jockey Club and didn't need Legislative Council approval.
|Carrie Lam says the project doesn't need public consultation|
Lam also lobbied every member of the board personally to get them on board the project -- which they only heard about last month.
One board member reported the project was already underway with architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee leading the project. You may remember him as the one who designed the relatively new government complex at Tamar.
Lam insinuates this project is not one that would go down well in a public consultation.
"It is very difficult to conduct a public consultation because it involves the central government and the related ministries," she said. "You can imagine that, if we were to ask the public if they wanted to have more exhibits from the Palace Museum more than half a year earlier, everyone should respond positively. But if more than half a year later, someone disagreed with it, it would be very embarrassing."
Civic Party's Tanya Chan Suk-chong and deputy chairwoman of the Legco panel monitoring the West Kowloon development, was unconvinced.
"Did she mean that public consultations must be avoided if opposition is expected?" Chan said.
|The airport's air traffic control system hasn't been working well|
So if air traffic control lose sight of a plane on their radar screens for 12 seconds, there isn't a problem?
And now we seem to be getting a replica of Beijing's Palace Museum whether we like it or not.
Welcome to the ongoing mainlandization of Hong Kong, or China's version of soft power.
Either way it's not very reassuring.