Sunday, 5 June 2016

CY Leung's Arrogant Administration

These people refuse to take further responsibility for the lead-in-water scandal
The Hong Kong government -- doesn't matter if it was under the leadership of Tung Chee-hwa, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen or incumbent Leung Chun-ying -- has become oblivious to the needs of ordinary people.

An independent investigation this past week revealed the government kept "passing the buck" when it came to the lead-in water scandal that left hundreds of people in public housing estates, including children, babies and pregnant woman ingesting water with more than 10 micrograms of lead per litre, the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.

For months residents had to get water for basic needs
The Water Supplies Department claims it didn't understand WHO guidelines adopted in 1994. How can people in this department not understand the guidelines? We are not expecting senior officials to know them, but surely there are specialists in the department who do? Or has the government hired completely incompetent people with no knowledge or experience in dealing with water quality?

It also turns out no one was inspecting the contractors to inspect the licensed plumbers to check that they were using non-lead solder for fresh water pipes. Is it me, or is it not obvious that if one is working on water pipes that non-lead solder should be used? Sounds pretty obvious to me.

Never mind. But the fact that no one checked -- not even the government -- is shocking. Again -- are there not qualified people in the department following up on these things?

Then to cap it all off, while four senior officials apologized for not preventing the scandal -- Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po, Housing and Transport Secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, director of housing Stanley Ying Yiu-hong, and director of Water Supplies Enoch Lam Tin-sing.

Carrie Lam responds to results of the investigation
But Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor did not.

She insisted that no single government official committed a serious mistake that led to the incident.

How can she say that? How can she say that no one in the Leung administration needs to take responsibility for people ingesting high levels of lead in the water? We will see children with developmental problems in the next few years because they drank that water. Who will assist these families who did nothing wrong except drink the water coming from their tap because they thought the government was monitoring the water quality?

For Lam to not even apologize is appalling. That shows the government doesn't care about the average Hong Kong person at all. We are nothing to them. There's lead in your water? Not my problem.

What does the government do for us then?

Probably the worst part is that there is no way of kicking these incompetent people out of office -- there is no opposition party. We have no chance of recall at all.

How has the government degenerated into a bunch of bureaucrats who have no regard for us?

Clean water is a basic right. That was violated by the government, the contractors and plumbers. But really it was the government who should have been checking all along.

We pay our taxes. Is it too much to ask for people to run our city properly and efficiently with a good dose common sense?

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