|Remember this? Queen's Pier in Central before it was dismantled in 2008|
|People passionately protested the demolition but to no avail|
But wait -- the government hasn't completely killed it -- there are plans to resurrect Queen's Pier and place it somewhere around where piers 9 and 10 are now, which currently aren't being used for anything, except by photographers and anglers.
Yes -- it will not be an actual functioning pier, but a shrine to its former existence.
Why dredge up the past? It wasn't even a nice-looking structure. And more importantly why waste up to HK$305 million taxpayer dollars doing this when the money could be used elsewhere like helping the poor?
Several activists opposed the proposed plan and are calling for the pier to be restored in its original spot, though that could be costly too.
|A drawing to show where Queen's Pier would be relocated|
Queen's Pier was opened in 1953 as a public pier, and the ceremonial location where Hong Kong governors would arrive and depart before 1997.
And now the structure is being stored in a warehouse...
First of all, why didn't the government listen to the people? And then second, why does it think that everything will be rectified by reassembling the structure for no good reason?
|The Star Ferry Terminal has moved a much further distance|
Even worse is that we residents have no recourse to vote them out.
After having watched Ten Years, I now see why the movie resonates with people so much. It really does capture the pessimistic mood, the sense of helplessness and frustration people have. Just like in the film, people feel the government is in cahoots with Beijing, and no one is looking out for them, so they have to defend themselves.
That's just a movie, but that's the sentiment people have in reality.
Reassembling Queen's Pier is the most absurd proposal I've heard since Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's suggestion to bring in food trucks to Hong Kong.
Do they not care about the future of this city and what its residents want it to be?