The Hong Kong Government has long been criticised for spending outrageously large sums of money on projects which contribute little or nothing to society. Quite a few months ago, the infamous “Mega Events Fund” spent HK$3.9 million to have people jump around in Dragon and Lion costumes as if they were a group of pogo-stick-wielding headless chickens for a day. Many more have been enraged by the ballooning costs and endless delays of the High-Speed Rail Project. We are all ignoring the elephant in the room – a white one at that.
The West Kowloon Cultural District authority recently extended their budget to a mind-boggling HK$47 billion
Thankfully, many public figures related to the project carry a rather strong sense of humour. Professor Adrian Walter, director of the
If the HK$47 billion sum were to be divided between the population of
I must strongly protest against the use of taxpayer dollars to fund the project as it will only be able to benefit a very minute portion of the population. We are a service-based economy which values academic achievement and efficiency over the arts. Hence, we should spend our time solidifying our stance in the global economy and capitalise on the talents we have available. This means providing better, higher quality education and investing in local businesses. We must put an end to this tomfoolery.