Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Incompetent Leadership

Chi Tak Public School in Wong Tai Sin has been left vacant for years
Ah, the incompetency of the Hong Kong government continues.

People are complaining about how buying a flat is out of the reach of many young people, and so the government has suggested perhaps it's time to develop currently forested areas in the New Territories that are supposed to be protected.

Many disagree, while others, out of greed or necessity back the idea.

However, an audit report has found of the 234 vacated schools listed in the Education Bureau's system that was set up in 2005, 105 of them continue to be unused, and another 14 weren't even registered.

Also around 80 percent of the 234 schools are primary schools.

"This is an obvious serious breach of duty on the government's part. They always say Hong Kong has a shortage of land... yet what they are doing is wasting precious public resources," said Democratic Party chief executive Lam Cheuk-ting, who has been advocating for re-purposing empty school sites.

Either these sites should be reopened because there are so many mainland Chinese students coming putting pressure on schools by the border, or they should be redeveloped for possible low-income housing.

The government doesn't do enough to tackle food waste
Why is the government letting these places be neglected? The audit report was also not impressed at how the authorities were keeping track of the vacant schools, and recommended the vacant ones be used as soon as possible.

And then the Environment Bureau has had its knuckles rapped by government auditors, who said the bureau hasn't done enough to deal with food waste in a timely manner, not is it accurate in projecting into the future. Sounds like Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has the same problem...

Food waste has actually risen 13 percent in the past decade and the government is inching its way towards charging for waste disposal, eight years behind the original target.

Talk about major procrastination!

The bureau was also criticized for overstating how much a food waste treatment pilot plant in Kowloon Bay could process, and significantly underestimating how much the first phase of an organic waste treatment facility on Lantau Island would cost.

As a result the delays have just literally added more garbage in the city's landfills.

Interestingly the Correction Services Department and Hospital Authority have the highest amounts of food waste, more than the city's per capita average. The amount of food waste in prisons ranged from 0.02kg to 1.61kg per day, and at hospitals it was 0.06kg to 0.58kg daily.

Undersecretary for the Environment Christine Loh
In 2013, Hong Kong generated 5.49 million tonnes of solid waste, of which two-thirds went to municipal landfills, the rest to recycling. About 25 percent of all solid waste is food waste.

Say... isn't Christine Loh Kung-wai the Undersecretary for the Environment? When she set up Civic Exchange in 2000, the think tank held the government accountable for its actions (or lack of) with regards to the environment...

The government's lack of action on these two important areas just illustrates its incompetency, that it really has no idea what it should be doing, or that it doesn't care.

It obviously is not serving Hong Kong people, which is what we are paying it to do. It's not that the government lacks money or access to intelligent experts. It just seems to refuse to do what is best for the city and its residents.

Which is why people feel the government is acting more in the interests of Beijing than Hong Kong...

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