【2017年05月12日 10:01 上午】康文署賦予慶委會特殊地位封殺民陣︱區諾軒
Au Nok-hin, Convener of Civil Human Rights Front, was being interviewed by “On a Clear Day" by Commercial Radio. He has the following points of view on account of the failure of applying football pitches in Victoria Park.
1.The first-come-first-serve basis is groundless. Even CHRF has applied earlier than 3rd April, the application would also be failure due to the charity status of the Celebrating Association.
2.According to LCSD’s response, they will start processing the applications together after the deadline of the month under their regulations. Since the celebrating association has applied on 15th March, they are eligible to decline CHRF’s application on 3rd April on the basis that they have received another application prior to the deadline, 31st March. LCSD ultimately announced their decision on 9th May, which has already passed April’s deadline already. Therefore, their deadline-process argument is not cogent. They did not fulfill liaise different applicants as they can.
As one of the guests in Backchat, RTHK Radio 3, Au mentioned:
3.It is significant that LCSD’s application system has defects. They have granted superior status to Charity Organizations. It actually tolerates organizations like the Celebrating Association, which is difficult to have linkage with charity, applying the venue to hold a non-charity Innovative Science and Technology Exhibition. The association should explain how charitable it could be.
According to an inquiry by former LC member Mr Christopher Chung to LCSD, “Except special situations, normally when LCSD going to consider application of non-indicated use (leisure & recreation), their period should not more than 3 days. (https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1049374) Comparing with CHKRF, the half-month Innovative Science and Technology Exhibition shows that the association enjoys “specialty” status. They are able to have superior application and have longer organizing period.
It shows that LCSD’s booking system has a lot of problems based on above. CHRF believes is nonsense to focus on what the staff said and which process was wrong. What is the most important is how to liaise with the association. If they are eager to allow us to use part of the football pitches, it would be a better solution.
Despite the under progressing application on grassland of Victoria Park, CHRF is now seeking for any possibilities with consideration that the accessibility of grassland is not ideal. We will have further announcement once any new decision has been made.
AU Nok-hin, Convener of Civil Human Rights Front