Incoming lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick has said in a statement published on Thursday that he has not yet decided whether to join the opposition’s “platform for cooperation.”
The platform is a channel through which lawmakers can communicate and coordinate on Legislative Council affairs amongst themselves. The opposition is currently discussing the details of the platform.
Chu said that he was invited to attend the meeting and though he had not decided, he was “delighted to work together with all non pro-establishment camp members on different issues.”
He also said that he brought up the possibility of investigating the Wang Chau controversy in the upcoming legislative term under the Powers and Privileges Ordinance in the meeting. However, he said “as I am not part of the platform, I am going to put forward the motion personally, not representing the platform.”
Wang Chau was a development project originally intended to create 17,000 public housing units. However, the construction of 13,000 units on a Wang Chau brownfield site occupied by a rural strongman’s car park was postponed, whilst a plan to build 4,000 flats on a green-belt site occupied by non-indigenous villages was given the go-ahead. It is unknown when the 13,000 units will be built, if at all.
As evidence of off-the-record lobbying with rural leaders emerged, a blame game ensued as the government stood accused of bowing to pressure at the expense of villagers. The controversy was the centrepiece of incoming lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick’s election campaign. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying led a press conference last week to explain a decision to build 17,000 public housing flats in phases.
Chu urged in his statement for the government to “immediately disclose the series of study reports” so that the timing for proposing an investigation on the matter can be decided upon.
On Tuesday, Apple Daily reported that the consulting firm Arup used confidential government data in New World Development’s application to build luxury homes in Wang Chau.
21 opposition lawmakers-elect participated in the meeting on Wednesday, including Chu. However, Civic Passion’s Cheng Chung-tai, Youngspiration’s Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching did not attend.