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Public consultation on Palace Museum gets underway

2017-01-11 HKT 12:53
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  • Public consultation on Palace Museum gets underway
  • The first visitor to arrive at the public consultation venue was former Judge William Waung. Photo: RTHK
    The first visitor to arrive at the public consultation venue was former Judge William Waung. Photo: RTHK
Chris Ip talks to RTHK's Janice Wong
The six-week public consultation about the controversial Palace Museum project attracted a trickle of visitors to the City Gallery in Central.

The first visitor to the consultation venue on Wednesday morning was former Judge William Waung. He said he was disappointed with the government's refusal to ask whether people wanted the museum at the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Waung, who's also a board director at the Maritime Museum, said while he welcomes the museum project, the government has the responsibility to conduct a comprehensive consultation.

Another visitor to the consultation exhibition, Hung Hing-shek, said he would have liked more information about the project

He said he didn't think the museum was a bad thing, but the government should have improved the consultation process.

Another visitor surnamed Leung, said he didn't see a need to have an open consultation at every stage as this would make the government's work difficult. He said the government had done enough work in preparation.

Leung said he is supportive of the museum project, as it will display valuable antiques that reflect Chinese culture.

The public consultation runs until February 22nd, and members of the public can give their views on the design and future operation of the museum.

Meanwhile a member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Board said it approved the appointment of architect Rocco Yim for the project at their last special meeting on November 28.

That was also when the building of the museum was approved by the board, said Chris Ip. He told RTHK’s Janice Wong that no one at the special meeting questioned Yim's ability to do the job or expressed concern about his appointment.