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Why accountability is the best track to follow

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Now we know why the professional body for engineers wants its head and former projects director of MTR Corporation to quit.

Philco Wong Nai-keung, who fell from grace over the construction scandal at the HK$97.1 billion Sha Tin-Central rail link, has himself offered to resign as president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

The ostensible reason is that Wong could taint the institution and the public image of engineers in light of the ongoing fiasco over substandard and possibly criminal works on the link by contractors and subcontractors.

The real reason is something else. Indeed, it should delight the cynics among us.

The engineers are pre-empting calls on the government to tighten rules on unapproved alternations of construction designs and exposing them to criminal liability.


© South China Morning Post