ExCo mem­ber con­fi­dent govt will come up with plan com­ply­ing with Ba­sic Law

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HK METRO - By JOSEPH LI in Hong Kong joseph@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

With the Hong Kong sec­tion of the Guangzhou-Shen­zhen-Hong Kong Ex­press Rail Link due to come into op­er­a­tion in the third quar­ter of next year, it’s high time the Hong Kong SAR Govern­ment un­veiled a co-lo­ca­tion sys­tem of im­mi­gra­tion, cus­toms and quar­an­tine fa­cil­i­ties at the city’s West Kowloon Ter­mi­nus, said newly ap­pointed non-official Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil mem­ber Ho­race Che­ung Kwok-kwan.

In his view, the SAR govern­ment will surely come up with a fea­si­ble plan in com­pli­ance with “one coun­try, two sys­tems” and the Ba­sic Law.

Hong Kong res­i­dents should not fear ma­li­cious t a l k o f “m a i n l a n d o ff i c e r s ar­rest­ing Hong Kong peo­ple in Hong Kong”, he said, blast­ing the op­po­si­tion camp for dis­tort­ing the facts and cre­at­ing panic.

H o w e v e r, b e f o r e the Ex­press Rail Link be­gins ser­vice, the govern­ment needs

In my opin­ion, the Shen­zhen Bay model, un­der which Hong Kong of­fi­cers are em­pow­ered to carry out Hong Kong laws on main­land soil, can be repli­cated at the West Kowloon Ter­mi­nus.”

to fully ex­plain to res­i­dents the cost ben­e­fits and con­ve­nience the project brings, as well as the im­por­tance of the co-lo­ca­tion sys­tem, in order to al­lay their wor­ries, Che­ung urged, be­cause with so much money al­ready spent on the rail link, it would be of lit­tle use if it does not have a colo­ca­tion sys­tem that pro­vides clear­ance by Hong Kong and main­land of­fi­cers at the same place.

The Ex­press Rail Link, he said, is a ver y speedy and e ff i c i e n t m o d e o f m o d e r n trans­porta­tion be­tween Hong

Ho­race Che­ung Kwok-kwan,

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