【Eddie Chu Bad-mouthing Carrie Lam?!】
Must the project be funded by The Hong Kong Jockey because the Hong Kong government could not afford it? There is indeed a ceiling to the budget of the West Kowloon project, but it doesn’t conclude to the Hong Kong government is in short of money. If the government intend to initiate the Palace Museum project, funding should be approved by the LegCo according to current procedures; during preliminary planning, the government can choose to retain information, when the project involves government funding, however, it should follow the procedures, be scrutinized by the LegCo and consult the public. Short in finance is not a legitimate reason for the government to bypass the LegCo and outsource the project, letting other organizations to fund the project.
The most fundamental question now is where is the money from. “Donated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club" is an ambiguous answered that will not be accepted; it is merely part of the story. I would like to point out to the public the rest of the story: what decisions did the government make concerning the Hong Kong Jockey Club in the past year?
【What Was the Deal?】
1. The government agreed to increasing racing days for 5 days, as well as 8 more days of overseas race broadcast. The average turnover for a racing day is 1.28 million dollars, by increasing the racing days for 5 more days, the government is allowing the Jockey Club to make an extra profit of at least 6 billion dollars
2. Signing a 50-year lease for special purposes with the Jockey Club
3. The CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star
It is not my intention to interpret the above as privileges offered to the Jockey Club by the government in exchange for the generous donations for the project. With the donation being enormous, the government retained all information concerning all communications and meeting with the Jockey Club. As citizens, we are uninformed of the countless meetings and negotiations between the two parties.
Mrs Carrie Lam explained holding back information as an act to prevent the Jockey Club from being in an awkward position. As the proposal is now disclosed to the public, it is necessary for Mrs Lam to account for all records of communication with the Jockey Club.
In addition, the project should not be funded by the Jockey Club through donations. All funding should be approved by the LegCo according to established procedures.