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