17th September 2013
Hang Lung Properties’ Chairman Ronnie Chan: Develop the Country Park, but Preserve Golf Course or MNC will Leave HK
Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development, recently said that country parks in Hong Kong can be developed for residential use. This comment triggered substantial public controversies. Ronnie Chan Chi-chung, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties, despite being in Wushi, gives his full support and said that if there is no other options country park should be developed, but limiting it to 1% of Hong Kong’s country park. However, he thinks that the golf course in Fanling has to be preserved, or multinational companies will not want to base in Hong Kong.
Chan said in a press conference in Wushi that 70% of the land in Hong Kong is Green Belt, and 50% of the Green Belt land are country parks. Building residential units in 1% of Hong Kong’s country parks is not a big deal. He also is not concern that one an example is set developers will randomly develop country parks because the media and the society will monitor what the government does. However, he said that the golf course must not be used for building residential units otherwise “Singapore will be chuffed and will kill Hong Kong’s economy”. He explained that no multinational companies are willing to base in Hong Kong without a large scale golf club.