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How to win over the public for planned Lantau metropolis

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It’s time for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her lieutenants to, as we say in Cantonese, patch up the damaged cooking wok.

To convince a deeply sceptical public about the viability of her landmark plan to build a metropolis wholly on reclaimed land east of Lantau, it’s clear just telling people about all the supposed benefits a decade or two down the road won’t cut it – even if you marshal movie stars, academics and economists to make the case for you.

After all, we are talking about spending HK$500 billion to HK$1 trillion to build a residential and business hub on 1,700 hectares of reclaimed land that could house 1.1 million people.

There are several ways, though, to placate the public; and it seems the government is at last seeing the light.

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© South China Morning Post