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Shoddy infrastructure a new norm in HK: Kwok Ka-ki

2018-08-26 HKT 10:47
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  • Kwok Ka-ki says 'mainland malpractice' when it comes to infrastructure projects has now spread to Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK
    Kwok Ka-ki says 'mainland malpractice' when it comes to infrastructure projects has now spread to Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK
Kwok Ka-ki
Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said on Sunday that it seems that Hong Kong people have no choice but to get used to falling standards in the city's major infrastructure projects.

On RTHK's "Letter to Hong Kong", Kwok described flawed construction at stations on the MTR's Shatin-Central Link as an example of "mainland malpractice" spreading to the SAR.

Kwok said the new bridge to Macau and Zhuhai is further evidence of this.

"The project will, in no way, be cost-effective or yielding economic return. Neither was its construction endorsed or agreed upon by the majority of the people of Hong Kong," he said.

"Big mainland construction corporations, many state-own, are cashing in on Hong Kong’s infrastructural development and integration with the motherland, and made billions of dollars from these projects. With the legislature becoming ineffectual, dissident legislators and Hong Kong citizens can do nothing to stop public funds being squandered in this way."

Kwok added that other similar "white elephant" projects include the third runway at the airport and the Lok Ma Chau Loop Innovation and Technology Park.

The Shatin-Central Link project has been mired in controversy after it was revealed that unapproved and potentially unsafe construction work was carried out at Hung Hom Station, with the scandal leading to the resignation of MTR officials and the setting-up of a judge-led inquiry.

Concerns have also been raised about the quality of building works at other stations forming part of the future rail link, as well as subsidence at numerous spots on the network.