“Lies, damned lies, and statistics”
In today’s papers: Property wrangling, a family tragedy and lying census officers round out the news for the day.
East Kowloon GIC sites are held up in district council
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s policy address will include a proposal to change the zoning of sites marked for Government, Institution or Community (GIC) uses to residential zoning. However, yesterday, planners suffered a setback at a Kwun Tong District Council meeting, when district counselors questioned a plan to change the zoning of three GIC sites in the district. Counselors from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong communicated the opinions of LegCo member Chan Kan-lam and unofficial ExCo member Starry Lee to Planning Department officials. In their opinion, the sites in question are far from housing areas and are not served by adequate transportation. The change in zoning of the sites has not yet been approved by the district council.
Depressed mother suffocates son then hangs herself
Tai Koo Shing has been rocked by a case in which a mother killed her child and then hanged herself. The mother was the wife of a professor of Chinese at Hong Kong university. The wife was suffering from depression and suspected that her husband was having an affair. Having decided to attempt suicide, she left a note saying that she did not want to abandon her 10-year-old son. She strangled the boy with a rope, then she hanged herself. Her husband later came home and discovered the bodies.
Census and Statistics Department investigates itself for recording false information
The Census and Statistics Department has come under fire for the recording of false information by field workers, a practice that a former staff member claims was known of by the department head. Yesterday, the department reported that its own investigative committee was looking into the matter. Academics and legislators have criticized the department for this self-investigation. A Statistics Advisory Board member has said that the management of the department is divorced from reality and should have a third party conduct the investigation.