Secretary for Development, MTR Corporation,
We, the undersigned, hereby petition to the following demands:
1. Declare the Sacred Hill historical site as “proposed monument”
The government should declare the first, second and third phase of archaeological sites as “proposed monuments” under the Section 2A of “the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance”. This should be done for a period of 12 months or until the completion of a comprehensive evaluation of the archaeological works and conservation.
2. Obtain a permit before the construction continued.
According to the Section 6 of “the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance”, the MTR Corporation should obtain a permit granted by the Antiquities Authority before the construction takes place to ensure the monuments are not destroyed.
3. Comprehensive in-situ conservation-based
Since the monuments and antiquities have been removed from the first phase of the archaeological site, the government should restore the site as much as possible. In addition, the monuments of the second and third phase of archaeological sites should be retained.
4. Develop a new construction plan
The Government should instruct the MTR Corporation to modify the design of To Kwa Wan Station immediately to avoid the destruction of monuments and relics of Sacred Hill. After the comprehensive archaeological survey and evaluation are completed, the construction can be continued with the modified plan.
5. Real-time monitoring for the public
The government should follow the principle of “Public Archaeology” and explore the progress of archaeological excavations to the public with the remote transmission technology in order for the public to know the progress of the archaeological excavations through real-time monitoring. This is beneficial for the consensus of the community and to raise public awareness of Hong Kong history. Additionally it provides a rare opportunity for the public to have an excellent liberal lesson.