Here’s what’s making news in the Cantonese newspapers in Hong Kong today – courtesy of Kreab Gavin Anderson.
Only one wall section remains of historic building
Except for a small section of the external wall, the Eastern Cotton Mills, a Class 3 historic structure in To Kwa Wan, has been completely leveled. Last year, the landlord said that the demolition would be postponed and that preservation of the structure would be investigated. A group has discovered that the Buildings Department approved the demolition in June before recommending that it be added to the registry of historic sites two months later during the consultation process for the redevelopment of the Kowloon City area. The group has criticized the government for poor internal communication and for its failure to protect the structure.
Quadriplegic who wished to be euthanized finally gets his freedom
Former athlete Tang Siu-pun, who was paralyzed during a sports accident in 1991 and had previously sent a letter to the Chief Executive asking to be euthanized, died yesterday from an illness. He was 43. According to his family and friends, Tang died peacefully. They thanked society for their support over many years. A close friend of Tang’s has said that Tang’s death is not a bad thing. Tang finally has the freedom he wished for.
Hundreds call for Leung to step down
Yesterday, a few hundred people heeded the call of Pan-Democrats to push Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down by taking part in a protest march from Chater Garden to the government headquarters. The protest was organized by the Democratic Party, which hopes to encourage 100,000 people to turn up for a New Year’s Day protest in a few weeks. People’s Power Party legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip hopes that the New Year’s protest will surround the official residence of the Chief Executive and cause him to resign. However, ExCo members Lam Woon-kwong, Cheung Chi-kong and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference member Lew Mon-heng believe that once Leung offers his explanation regarding his illegal structures before LegCo today, people will be willing to give Leung some breathing room.