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Hong Kong lawmakers call on gov’t to build monument for 19 workers who died building mega bridge

Pro-democracy lawmakers have urged the government to build a monument for workers who died building the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

The bridge will start operating next Wednesday following a ceremony the day before. Chinese President Xi Jinping will reportedly attend the ceremony as part of a trip around southern China.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Jeremy Tam

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam mourning the dead workers of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

Including those who lost their lives building the Hong Kong and the mainland sections of the project, 19 workers died building the bridge.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam and independent lawmaker Eddie Chu both said a monument should be set up for them.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/N509FZ/cc-by-sa 4.0.

“There are several meanings for doing this: It is for their families, so that they know our society remembers them and acknowledges them for their contribution,” Tam said at a memorial ceremony near the bridge. “They can bring their children to the monument and tell them: your parents lost their lives here for this mega project.”

“It can also let the public know that every single project has risk – it acts as a warning sign for workers to prevent injuries,” he added. “It can remind construction companies that they should feel ashamed when lives were lost in these construction projects.”

陳帆避答會否在港珠澳大橋設立殉職工人紀念碑

【陳帆避答會否設立殉職工人紀念碑】立法會交通諮詢委員會今早討論施政報告有關交通的政策,我提出兩個問題,一是會否在港珠澳大橋設立殉職工人紀念碑,二是有冇政策大幅降低私家車增長速度。陳帆三番四次迴避殉職工人紀念碑的問題,隻字不提,民建聯的陳恆鑌又保駕護航由得佢。死者家屬、所有在施工期間受傷的工友,請保重,我不會放棄爭取。

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Chu asked Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan at the legislature’s Panel on Transport on Friday if a monument can be set up, but Chan did not directly answer the question.

“Do you not want to answer the question?” Chu asked. Chan then carried on answering other parts of Chu’s question.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Ben Chan – who chaired the panel – stopped the discussion when Chu asked about the monument again.

Hong Kong lawmakers call on gov't to build monument for 19 workers who died building mega bridge