Beach Clean-up a “Show”
On July 10, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and around 60 officials and workers collected about 1,350kg of rubbish on mangroves and shorelines along Shui Hau in South Lantau—but not before cleaners hired by the government did some preliminary work. According to Apple Daily, prior to the arrival of government officials, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department staff arranged piles of rubbish on the grassland for the officials to pick up. Activists dismissed the clean-up as a “show.” The government reported a six to tenfold increase in rubbish at some beaches over the past three weeks compared with the same period last year. It is believed that heavy rain and flooding in the Pearl River Delta have caused rubbish to wash up on Hong Kong shores— an issue the CE says the government will be looking into.
Our take: CY’s got more to clean up than the beaches.