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MTR told to plan for suspension of Hong Kong-Guangzhou high speed rail link project
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MTR told to plan for suspension of Hong Kong-Guangzhou high speed rail link project
From: SCMP
By: Cannix Yau and Ernest Kao
Date: 01/03/16

The MTR Corporation has been ordered to map out a plan for the suspension of the ill-fated high-speed rail link to Guangzhou as the government makes a last-ditch attempt to secure extra funding from sceptical lawmakers by end of this month.

If the government is eventually forced to put the brakes on the long-delayed and overbudget project because of a deadlock over the additional HK$19.6 billion needed, it will have to pay another HK$233 million per month for the suspension costs.

The acting chairman of the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee, Chan Kam-lam, said yesterday he was still unsure whether there would be enough time for voting on the funding, even with the extra meetings scheduled this month.

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High-speed rail link: funding and co-location ‘two completely different matters’, says Hong Kong justice minister
From: South China Morning Post
By: Tony Cheung
Date: 10/03/16

The request for HK$19.6 billion in extra funding for a high-speed rail link to the mainland should be “looked at objectively” and considered independently from the issue of co-location of immigration officers, Hong Kong’s justice minister urged on Thursday morning.

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung was speaking a day before the Legislative Council meets again to debate the government’s funding request for the much delayed rail project, which could be stopped in its tracks if the funding is not approved by March 19.

Pan-democrat lawmakers have warned that they will block the funding unless the government comes clean on whether, and how, mainland and local officers will be co-located at the rail link’s West Kowloon terminus.

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Legal challenge bids to halt controversial extra funding for Hong Kong cross-border rail link
From: SCMP
By: Chris Lau
Date: 17/03/16

lawmaker’s assistant took the first step towards challenging the controversial HK$19.6 billion funding passed at the Legislative Council for the cross-border rail link last week.

If Cheng Sze-lut – an assistant for Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan – succeeds, a judicial review will be lodged to challenge the funding passed on March 11 at Legco’s financial committee, at the helm of acting chairman Chan Kam-lam.

The extra funding was for the express railway connecting Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, which had already secured HK$65 billion several years ago.

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Activists scale crane at high-speed rail link site
From: SCMP
By: DANNY LEE, JENNIFER NGO AND STUART LAU
Date: 20/03/16

Protesters against the high-speed rail link to Guangdong climbed to the top of a crane at the construction site of the controversial project in Austin early yesterday.

Eight activists, including Raphael Wong from the League of Social Democrats and Eddie Chu from the Land League Justice, participated in the stunt at the West Kowloon Terminus.

The group unfurled two banners calling for construction of the project to stop and opposing the joint immigration checkpoint that allowed mainland officials to work in Hong Kong.

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Issue of funding for Hong Kong-Guangzhou rail link could be reopened for debate, Legco president says
From: South China Morning Post
By: NG KANG-CHUNG
Date: 20/03/16

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing has said the controversial approval of the government funding application for the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou could be reopened for debate, but only under “very exceptional circumstances”.

Tsang said it would be up to Finance Committee chairman Chan Kin-por to consider whether a new debate would be worthwhile.

The Labour Party has written to Chan requesting he invoke a house rule in a bid to overturn the committee’s approval on March 11 of the HK$19.6 billion in extra funding for the rail link.

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Controversial vote upheld on extra funding for Hong Kong rail link
From: South China Morning Post
By: Tony Cheung
Date: 25/03/16

Legco’s Finance Committee chief has upheld the controversial passage of HK$19.6 billion in extra funding for the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou after a request to review the chaotic voting.

After looking at footage of the Legislative Council meeting on March 11, Chan Kin-por concluded on Thursday that his deputy Chan Kam-lam, who presided over the meeting, did nothing wrong in ruling that the majority of lawmakers voted in favour of the funding request.

The contentious funding, strongly opposed by the pan-democrats, was passed amid chaos and bickering within the Legco chamber.

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