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Old December 2nd, 2005, 05:36 AM   #1161
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Old December 2nd, 2005, 05:14 PM   #1162
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Accused MTR arsonist says he wanted to be a media star
30 November 2005
South China Morning Post

An elderly man accused of starting a fire on an MTR train told police he was responsible for the blaze because he wanted to become a media star, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

Yim Kam-chung, 68, said in a videotaped interview shown to the jury that, as a figure in the news, he would have the opportunity to draw public attention to what he called the government's persecution of him. Yim told police when arrested that he was the arsonist.

"Since the government confiscated six of my vehicles, I decided to cause a tragedy at the Admiralty MTR station," he said at the time.

"Because my name is Yim Kam-chung [the Chinese characters of the name Kam-chung mean Admiralty], I picked Admiralty MTR station," he added.

Yim is accused of starting a fire on January 5 last year, shortly after the train left Tsim Sha Tsui for Admiralty. He has pleaded not guilty to arson, and is representing himself.

The prosecution said no one was injured in the blaze, which was put out at Admiralty station.

Yim was arrested after the Correctional Services Department received a letter the following day containing details of the blaze.

Fung Kwong-chung, an engineer travelling on the Admiralty-bound train on that day, told the court on Monday he had caught a glimpse of Yim, who was only half a metre from him.

He said he had seen the right side of Yim's face for one second.

Kwai Sze-kit, another passenger, told the court last Friday that he had seen Yim using a lighter to set fire to a bottle wrapped in a towel. He said he immediately shouted at him not to light a fire. He also tried in vain to extinguish the burning bottle.

The case continues today before Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 03:19 AM   #1163
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 05:45 AM   #1164
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Hong Kong's MTRC says 14 developers to bid for Tseung Kwan O housing project
2 December 2005
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - Rail service operator MTR Corp has received expressions of interest from 14 property developers for its Dream City Phase 2 housing project at its Tseung Kwan O Area 86, a company spokesman said.

The spokesman said MTRC will seek tenders this month, and the winning bid is expected to be chosen at the year-end or early next year.

According to other sources, major developers including Cheung Kong(Holdings), Sun Hung Kai Properties, Henderson Land, Sino Land, Wharf Holdings, New World Development were among those which have submitted expressions of interest.

The construction of Dream City phase two, which will have 4,272 apartments in 10 towers, with a gross floor area of 3.33 mln square feet, is expected to be completed in 2009.

The winning bidder will be lent half the land premium cost, which the developer will be required to repay without interest.

Cheung Kong (Holdings) in January won the tender for Dream City Phase 1 project, which involves the construction of 2,096 flats in five residential blocks over a site area of 14,266 square meters.

Premium for the use of Phase 1 was 2.3 bln hkd, with MTR and Cheung Kong (Holdings) each sharing half the cost.
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 07:13 AM   #1165
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Press Release
30 November 2005
Two More Green Minibus Routes Offer Discount With MTR

Starting tomorrow (1 December 2005), MTR passengers will be able to enjoy Bus Interchange Discounts on two more Green Minibus (GMB) routes. They are: Route 49M serving Tin Hau Station and Route 50 serving Sai Wan Ho Station.

Adult Octopus Card users who transfer between the MTR and one of the two GMB routes will be able to save $0.5 on the combined MTR/GMB fare. The discount will be valid within one hour of a passenger entering or exiting the MTR ticket gates at the designated MTR stations.

With the addition of the two routes, a total of 20 GMB routes now offer Bus Interchange Discounts with the MTR. Details are summarised as follows:
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-05-104-E.pdf
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Old December 4th, 2005, 12:35 AM   #1166
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Old December 4th, 2005, 07:53 PM   #1167
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'Bomb' ads to be removed for WTO Drug company gives ground over MTR campaign branded insensitive by critics
4 December 2005
South China Morning Post

Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline has expressed regret over an advertising campaign in MTR stations featuring pictures of people with explosives and timers strapped to their waists.

Posters advertising the prescription drug Zeffix for hepatitis B sufferers feature images aimed at highlighting the hidden "time bomb" of Hong Kong parents passing the disease to their children. The company has been accused of insensitivity towards victims of terrorism.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "We are sorry to learn that the ad has created unrest and upset to some commuters. We appreciate their comments and will take serious review with regard to our future communication materials."

An MTR Corporation spokeswoman said: "The MTR is concerned with the incident and aware of the sensitive social issues the adverts are associated with."

She said the firm had confirmed the ads would not be posted in stations during the WTO meeting.

The campaign, drawn up by the company's Hong Kong marketing department, comes five months after suicide bombers killed 52 other people and injured 700 on buses and the London underground network.

Hong Kong-based British teacher Justin Hayward, 38, said he was horrified at the posters and had complained to the company and to the Broadcasting Authority about the posters.

"How would relatives of people who died in the London bombings feel if they saw these posters on an underground network? It is hugely insensitive. I can't believe they have allowed these kinds of posters to go up in a mass transit system after what happened in London, especially with the World Trade Organisation meeting [and the fear of possible terrorism] coming up.

"With the WTO meeting, it is going to make us look as if we are completely out of touch with what is happening in the outside world."

Mr Hayward said he lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority, which phoned him to say it did not consider the campaign to be offensive.

But a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman said the campaign would not be withdrawn.

"This health problem is largely caused by parents transmitting it to their children. There is no other implication apart from this single message," she said.

Meanwhile, Group of Seven finance ministers have warned that the Hong Kong talks must make "significant progress" on global trade liberalisation.

At the end of a two-day meeting in London yesterday, the G7 said the world's richest nations must improve developing nations' access to markets in agriculture, industrial products and services.

The group also said "further flexible implementation" of Beijing's yuan policy would improve the global economy.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse
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Old December 6th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #1168
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Old December 7th, 2005, 02:28 AM   #1169
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Birds flock to KCRC's man-made haven
7 December 2005
South China Morning Post

The Lok Ma Chau spur line may not be ready until 2007, but the wetland the KCRC created to compensate for damage caused by its construction has already attracted thousands of migratory birds, the rail company says.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has spent $46 million since 2002 to build the wetland, near the future Lok Ma Chau station, to replace wildlife habitat affected by the line's construction.

"Thousands of migratory birds come to our man-made wetland every day - we have flattened the landscape, introduced fish and built islands in the ponds to make food more accessible to them," Joseph Choi Kin-hung, KCRC's general manager for construction, said yesterday, adding that two specialists were being sent every day to monitor the birds' movements.

The wetland, measuring 37 hectares, is almost double the size of the area affected by the line.

The one-stop rail link extending from Sheung Shui station on the East Rail to Lok Ma Chau is being built to provide another route for Shenzhen-bound travellers.

More than 85 per cent of the extension has been completed and it is expected to open for service in 2007.

It can handle 200,000 passengers a day.

The new checkpoint, adjacent to the mainland cross-boundary terminal and the Shenzhen-Guangzhou subway still under construction, is expected to be finished at the same time as the two other projects.

The three-storey immigration building will house 140 counters. Spaces are also reserved on both flanks of the rail link for future expansion, although Mr Choi expects the new station to be able to handle passenger growth for many years.

The $10 billion spur line project, which combines a tunnel and a viaduct, is 7.4km long. It will take 45 minutes for passengers to travel from East Tsim Sha Tsui to Lok Ma Chau.
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Old December 8th, 2005, 04:30 AM   #1170
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Press Release
7 December 2005
20 December Opening Date For Airport Express AsiaWorld-Expo Station

The new in-venue station at AsiaWorld-Expo will be in operation on 20 December 2005, prior to the official opening of Hong Kong’s newest and largest exhibition and event centre. The new Airport Express AsiaWorld-Expo Station is a two-level above–ground structure. A single platform is located at ground level whereas the station concourse is one level up. The concourse is integrated with AsiaWorld-Expo, providing the venue with direct access to convenient railway service.

“AsiaWorld-Expo Station is just a one-minute train ride from the Airport, making it convenient for visitors and exhibitors to go there directly after arriving at Hong Kong,” said Mr. Wilfred Lau, Head of Operations of MTR Corporation. “The high-speed and comfortable Airport Express with trains departing every 12 minutes is also the fastest and most convenient mode of transport between AsiaWorld-Expo and the city centre.” An attractive discount will be offered to passengers using Octopus cards from Hong Kong, Kowloon and Tsing Yi Station to AsiaWorld-Expo Station and staying at the exhibition centre for two hours or more before returning to town. Passengers are also entitled to a free MTR connection to any destinations when they use their Octopus cards to travel on Airport Express.

Single journey fares to and from AsiaWorld-Expo Station are the same as those to and from the Airport. The adult single journey fare between Airport Station and AsiaWorld-Expo Station is HK$5.
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8 December 2005
KCRC gears up for WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Conference
Government Press Release

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will be on high vigilance during the WTO Ministerial Conference to be held between 13 and 18 December in Hong Kong. Existing security measures will be stepped up to ensure that its services will not be affected as far as possible.

KCRC has been working closely with the Police on its security measures during the conference period. The established contingency plans to handle different types of service disruptions will be strengthened.

Mr Alex Lau, KCRC Safety and Quality Manager said, “KCRC is prepared for any events that may disrupt its services during the Conference period. Our staff will be on their utmost alert.”

Patrol and surveillance of railway lines will be stepped up. Additional staff will be deployed to patrol stations, trains and critical locations. The Corporation has hired 100 extra security guards to patrol the stations along the railway lines and assist in crowd control. They will also support the Police in carrying out their duties when required. All frontline staff are instructed to be extra vigilant against any suspected malicious acts or objects, Mr Lau said.

A KCRC special contingency unit for the WTO Ministerial Conference period, headed by a general manager has been formed to oversee the railway operation to ensure prompt response during the conference period. The unit can activate the special emergency plan immediately when the need arises.

He added, “All KCRC frontline staff have been trained on the contingency procedures. Joint drills and exercises across various functions and with relevant government departments have been conducted to enable staff to familiarize themselves with the rules and procedures in dealing with different types of emergency situations.”

Passengers are also advised to plan their journeys earlier and pay attention to announcements from the electronic media during the conference period to ensure a smooth journey. In case of emergencies, they are advised to follow the instructions of station staff..

KCRC General Manager – Marketing Mr Michael Lai said, “KCRC is well aware that different travellers have different transportation needs. We have earlier Earlier, we introduced the KCR Railbus – Disneyland and this new service, KCR Taxi – Disneyland, will provide another option for travellers.meet the needs of”
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Old December 13th, 2005, 12:25 AM   #1174
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Hong Kong's KCRC re-invites developers to join West Rail Tuen Mun project
12 December 2005
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) said it has rejected a previous tender for a joint venture development of a property project for the West Rail Tuen Mun Station in the New Territories of Hong Kong, and will re-invite property developers to submit expressions of interest again as soon as possible.

KCRC earlier rejected the tender received from Cheung Kong Holdings unit Creston Investments Ltd at the close of submission on November 25, property director Daniel Lam said in a statement.

No reason for the rejection was specified.

"In view of the recent market changes, the KCRC will re-negotiate with the government on the level of land premium for the project as soon as possible," Lam said.

The project will occupy an area of 2.70 hectares, yielding a gross floor area of 145,300 square meters, of which 120,300 sqm will be for residential use, and the remaining 25,000 for retail, KCRC said.

It said according to the current proposal, development of the project will include seven residential towers housing 1,924 flats atop a podium containing a retail center, car park, Park and Ride facilities and a station entrance, plus a permanent public transport interchange on the ground floor.

The project will be developed in two phases, it said.
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High land fee forces KCRC off the rails
Tuen Mun property project shelved amid concern over $3.4b premium

13 December 2005
South China Morning Post

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp yesterday shelved the tender for its residential project above Tuen Mun Station and said it wanted the government to cut a $3.4 billion land premium developers say is too steep.

The move came amid renewed market concerns about the government's land premium mechanism and two weeks after nine out of 10 shortlisted developers pulled out of the bidding. Only Cheung Kong (Holdings) submitted a bid.

It was the first time the KCRC had put one of its prized property projects on ice in recent years.

KCRC yesterday said it would retender the project after inviting expressions of interest again as soon as possible. Phase one of the West Rail project comprises seven towers with 1,924 flats.

"In view of the recent market changes, KCRC will renegotiate with the government on the level of land premium as soon as possible," said Daniel Lam Chun, a director of property at KCRC.

Cheung Kong yesterday said it respected KCRC's decision but would not comment on whether it would bid a second time.

Property analysts said red tape often delayed government evaluations and could result in a distorted land premium that did not reflect the latest market conditions.

"The mechanism itself works fine," said Alnwick Chan Chi-hing, an executive director of property consultant Chesterton Petty.

"But one problem is that government officials had been overly optimistic about the property market outlook and were not responsive enough to reflect the recent market downturn. On the other hand, officials might also have overvalued the land premium to avoid being accused of collusion with developers."

Based on the $3.4 billion land premium, developers would need to sell flats at more than $5,000 per square foot to make a reasonable profit, on par with prices in West Kowloon, according to surveyors.

New projects in Tuen Mun had been selling for up to $3,000 per square foot, property agents said.

They said the premium had been calculated after the positive land auction result in September but sentiment had soured rapidly since due to rising interest rates.

The government currently charges a land premium for making major changes to a lease. The bigger the project, the greater the amount of red tape.

"Hong Kong's property market is volatile. Sometimes it can be difficult for the Lands Department to grasp the latest market information due to its insufficient manpower," SK Pang Surveyors managing director Pang Shiu-kee said.

Mr Pang said the land premium on the KCRC project would have to be cut by about 20 per cent to lure back developers.

DTZ Debenham Tie Leung research director Alva To Yu-hung called on the government to speed up its premium process which can delay assessments for six months.

However, others said the government's land premium regime was fair and the KCRC's decision to withdraw the tender could also be because the sole bid fell short.

"The market changes constantly and no one can read the minds of developers," CB Richard Ellis executive director Yu Kam-hung said. "So you can't expect the government to change its land premium policy from time to time."

The Lands Department would not comment yesterday.
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Hong Kong's MTR Corp Nov passengers 72.65 mln vs 73.58 mln in Oct
15 December 2005
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp Ltd said it carried 72.65 mln passengers in November, down 1.26 pct from 73.58 mln in October.

On an average weekday basis, MTR Corp carried 2.52 mln in November, down from 2.54 mln in the month earlier, according to figures published on the company's website.

The November figure for the MTR average weekday passenger traffic covers the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O and the island lines.

The total monthly patronage of the MTR Lines and Airport Express Line for October rose 2.72 pct year-on-year, but no comparative numbers of passengers for the period were given.

For comparative month-on-month figures, Airport Express carried 729,000 passengers in November, down 3.3 pct from the 754,000 passengers it carried in October, the company said.

On an average daily basis, the Airport Express carried 24,300 people in November, unchanged from the preceding month, it added.
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14 December 2005
Corporate Press Release
KCR West Rail One-Month Pass extended

Due to overwhelming response from passengers, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today announced that the West Rail One-Month Pass would be extended to 30 June 2006.

Priced at only $400, the West Rail One-Month Pass is valid for unlimited journeys on West Rail and free transfer to Light Rail, KCR Buses and other designated feeder services. Passengers who now purchase the pass at a privilege price of $300, can continue to enjoy this price as long as the pass is continuously purchased every month.

To further improve West Rail’s connectivity, West Rail passengers will also be able to enjoy free connection between West Rail Tsuen Wan West Station and Shek Lei on green minibus Route 86 with effect from 19 December 2005. The route will provide service between 06:15am and 11:57pm daily at a frequency of 10 minutes. To enjoy the concession, passengers must use an Octopus card and take the minibus within 45 minutes after exiting the West Rail Tsuen Wan West Station, or continue their journeys on West Rail within two hours after boarding the minibus. This offer also applies to West Rail One-Month Pass. Altogether, West Rail now provides free interchange or inter-modal discount for a total of 14 green minibus routes.

As a token of appreciation for passengers’ continuous patronage, KCRC will also extend its current West Rail promotional activities to end June 2006. They include the KCR Tourist Pass Combo, the $2 concessionary fare of West Rail for children and senior citizens during Saturday, Sunday and public holiday, and the $2 West Rail fare rebate for transfer from taxi and the West Rail – Huanggang Direct Coach Promotional Offer.

Mr Michael Lai, General Manager-Marketing, said, “KCRC will continue to explore different initiatives to offer tailored services for passengers. We want to encourage more people to ride on our network and to enjoy the quality service we offer.”

Publicity materials such as leaflets and station notices will be available at the stations during the sale period. For enquiries, passengers may call the KCRC Passenger Service Hotline at 2929 3399 or visit KCRC’s website (http://www.kcrc.com).
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Appointments to the KCRC Managing Board
Government Press Release
Monday, December 19, 2005

The Government announced today (December 19) the Chief Executive's decision on the following re-appointments to the Managing Board of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (“KCRC”):-

(a) Mr Michael Tien Puk-sun, BBS, JP. to be the Chairman of KCRC for a period of one year with effect from December 24, 2005; and

(b) the Honourable Abraham Shek Lai-him, JP. and Professor Richard Wong Yue-chim, SBS, JP. to be Members of the Managing Board of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation for a period of one year with effect from February 1, 2006.

In welcoming the decision, the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao said, “We are confident that the Managing Board, with these re-appointments, will continue to successfully lead KCRC to meet the challenges ahead.”

In considering appointments to the KCRC board, the Government had carefully assessed the suitability of candidates having regard to relevant factors such as personal capabilities, leadership, expertise, experience, and commitment to public service.

Under the KCRC Ordinance (Cap.372), KCRC shall have a managing board comprising a chairman, a chief executive officer and not less than four nor more than eight other members appointed by the Chief Executive. The membership of the board is at Annex.


Annex
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Membership List of Managing Board of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation

Chairman
Mr Michael Tien, BBS, JP

Acting Chief Executive Officer
Mr Samuel Lai

Members
Mr Vincent Lo Wing-sang, JP
Mr Wan Man-yee, BBS, JP
Mr Patrick Blackwell Paul, CBE
Hon Abraham Shek Lai-him, JP
Prof Richard Wong Yue-chim, SBS, JP
Mr Ng Leung-sing, SBS, JP
Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury
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