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Public confidence handicapped by fear

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Democrat lawmaker Tanya Chan wants a key subcontractor to be included as a witness in a high-level inquiry into the construction scandal at the MTR’s HK$97.1 billion Sha Tin-Central link. The city’s most expensive rail project ever, it is also much delayed and way over budget.

Chan’s request is well and good. Wing & Kwong Steel Engineering Co – a subcontractor hired by Leighton Contractors (Asia) for steel works at the Hung Hom station – should testify.

But I have more faith in a parallel criminal police probe now under way. Given the litany of construction lapses, lax supervision and possible cover-ups at not one but three stations along the link, it looks like some people should go to jail.

But the mandate of the commission of inquiry, headed by former top court judge Michael Hartmann,........

© South China Morning Post