Our tone-deaf government finally heard the voice of the people and Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wants the century-old underground service reservoir in Shek Kip Mei preserved for public enjoyment. But if she and her administration think this alone will calm the disillusioned public and end the city’s longstanding heritage controversy, they’re wrong. 

Ten images of the Roman-style arches posted on social media early on December 28 went viral within hours, inciting people to research the reservoir’s history online and stop the bulldozers despite the threat of being sued for trespassing and violating social gathering rules.

The whole episode shows a total lack of trust in the official conservation mechanism. People decided to take the matter into their own hands.     



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