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LSD urges court to stop Palace Museum project

2017-02-28 HKT 16:21
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  • Raphael Wong (third from left) hopes the court would block the project. Photo: RTHK
    Raphael Wong (third from left) hopes the court would block the project. Photo: RTHK
Raphael Wong talks to RTHK's Richard Pyne
The vice-chairman of the League of Social Democrats, Raphael Wong, has lodged a judicial review application against the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority’s decision to build a Hong Kong Palace Museum at the cultural hub.

He said the decision is unlawful as the public hasn’t been consulted in accordance with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Ordinance.

Wong is also challenging the WKCDA’s decision to favour the hiring of an ethnically Chinese architect for the project, saying it violates the city's Race Discrimination Ordinance.

"I would like to invite the court to give an order to stop this ridiculous planning in our cultural district", he said.

Wong told RTHK's Richard Pyne that a judicial review will bring to light the documents that will reveal the details of the project.

Former chief secretary and the former chairwoman of the WKCDA, Carrie Lam, announced in December last year that the museum will be built at the West Kowloon Cultural District, at a site which was previously earmarked for the construction of a mega performance venue.

The authority also appointed renowned architect Rocco Yim to be in charge of the project without going through a tendering process.

The decision sparked a major outcry, with many critics complaining about the lack of any public consultation about the proposal prior to the announcement.