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Government reaffirms support for safe traditional activities

The Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping today (May 22) reaffirmed government's support for staging traditional activities but emphasized that there was a need to take into consideration modern and scientific factors so that the activities could achieve a even better effect.

He was speaking after a site visit with representatives from Government departments and experts to inspect the "bun towers" in Cheung Chau this morning.

A meeting was also convened on site with the Cheung Chau Bun Festival Organising Committee to listen to the expert advice from the Government and the Organising Committee on the structural safety of the bun towers for holding the "bun scrambling" activity. The meeting considered that more data was required. The Organising Committee, having regard to the public safety factor and time constraint, decided to put aside the staging of the "bun scrambling" activity this year.

The government departments concerned and the Organising Committee agreed to keep in close liaison for preparation of next year's Bun Festival. The Government pledged to render every assistance to facilitate the staging of "bun scrambling" activity next year to make the event a success and help boost Hong Kong's tourism industry.

Experts invited by the Government for the visit today included Council member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Dr James Lau Chi-wang; Senior Structural Engineer of the Buildings Department, Mr Yeung Hin-wing; and consultant of the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union, Mr Chung Kin-man.

Ends/Saturday, May 22, 2004
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