Thursday, 5 January 2017

Trying to Appease Critics

Carrie Lam is still intent on having a Palace Museum replica in Hong Kong
After the intense public uproar about Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announcing a HK$3.5 billion replica of the Palace Museum in Beijing in West Kowloon, the government will now have a six-week public consultation about it.

According to a paper jointly issued by Lam's office and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the exercise will "collect public and stakeholders' views on the design and operation" of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, as well as the "focuses of its exhibition and educational programs."
An exhibition about the museum will be at City Gallery

So not exactly on why Hong Kong is getting the museum, but what will be happening in the space.

On Tuesday Lam will attend a special legislative meeting to explain the project. But surely she will get a lot of heat for how the deal came about with no public consultation and lawmakers had no idea it was going to happen.

The WKCDA will present an exhibition at City Gallery, a building next to City Hall, to provide information about the project, while views of stakeholders from professionals and individuals in the art, cultural and architectural sectors will be consulted, and opinions from the public will be collected as well.

But what more can people say when it's already a done deal?

Does Hong Kong need a replica of the Forbidden City?
It's window dressing to placate critics, as it doesn't allow people to discuss the fundamental question of why Hong Kong needs a replica of the Forbidden City... or is it because the smog is so bad in Beijing now that they would rather keep whatever treasures they have left in Hong Kong?


  1. Carrie Lam's handling of the Palace Museum matter is making me feel all the more convinced that she would not be a great Chief Executive of Hong Kong. The question is: is the way she's handling things actually convincing Beijing that she'll be the right choice??

    1. HI YTSL -- in Beijing's eyes she did a good job... being a good CE for Hong Kong people is another issue...