LIM lobbies the Government, media, corporations, communities and sometimes takes to the streets. Here’s why and how.
Since 2003, LIM has worked on many threatening issues – some proposed by Government, others planned by corporations. One of the earliest major threats was the Super Prison planned for Hei Ling Chau. This was a flawed plan based on outdated prison concepts – and its transport hub would have been Mui Wo, with a connecting bridge. The plan, if implemented, would have destroyed Mui Wo and most of the bay. LIM was instrumental in discrediting the plan and it was scrapped.
Other campaigns have included the halting of CLP’s planned pipeline that would have ruined the Pui O recreation area and beach. CLP were forced to modify the pipeline drastically to minimize the damage.
In the past year, LIM has vigorously campaigned against the Super Incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau – a plan that has been largely discredited but is still being considered under C.Y. Leung’s administration.
LIM fights for better transport. We lobbied for better ferry schedules and reasonable fares.
We are involved in discussions about the roads, especially the Tung Chung – South Lantau link. We are engaged in the Mui Wo Facelift, lobbying for action and sustainability. We inform decisions on drainage, greening and development on South Lantau, as much as possible.
When a threat has a clear timeframe (a consultation period, a request for funding etc) and if the Committee decides it is important enough, we create a campaign and ask members and the community for help. It is heartening to see how our collective voices can stop certain Government initiatives.
In October 2012, LIM decided to take a proactive strategy and now plans to campaign on several priority issues before the Government has clarified policy or taken action. These issues were selected by community vote at the LIM Forum and are being spearheaded as action plans.