Editorial : Ways to prevent government-business collusion

【明報專訊】THE BIG DEBATE on land supply involves eighteen options, of which one is to develop private New Territories (NT) agricultural land. It is a short- to mid-term option that has provoked much controversy. The government wants to have private NT agricultural land developed by way of public-private partnership (PPP). However, many are worried that advantage transfers may occur — that a situation may arise in which developers will certainly make piles of money while there is no telling how ordinary citizens will benefit. From the government's perspective, PPP is "speedy, sleek and proper" and, unlike invoking the Lands Resumption Ordinance, unlikely to incur legal risks. But it is not for nothing for citizens to be worried about government-business collusion.