The chairman of Polytechnic University's governing council, Lam Tai-fai, says he is shocked by the government's decision to pull a HK$1.4 billion funding request for the institution, as he also claimed that only a small number of people involved in a siege at PolyU were even students there.
Lam said the authorities are making the university a scapegoat for the city's months of unrest, and he is very unhappy about the move to withdraw the funding request for new teaching facilities at PolyU's campus in Ho Man Tin.
Government bids for funding totalling HK$250 million for projects at the Chinese University and the University of Hong Kong have also been dropped this week.
Speaking on an RTHK programme, Lam said rather than blaming universities for the turmoil, the government should instead be setting up an independent inquiry into the extradition bill saga.
He also urged police to end their siege of PolyU's Hung Hom campus as soon as possible.
Lam said he believes that only a few people are still on the campus which has been surrounded by the police since November 17. He added that only around 40 of some 1,100 people caught by officers as they left the university were actually students there.
The CPPCC member said a second and final search would be made on Wednesday to see if any protesters are still inside the university, after only one person was located there on Tuesday.
He said he was deeply distressed to see that the campus has been seriously damaged, adding that repair works will take months.
Govt making PolyU a scapegoat: Lam Tai-fai
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