“We are very concerned about structural safety in buildings in Hong Kong,” Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said in his first comment after a rooftop at the City University of Hong Kong collapsed. Leung was speaking to the press before meeting with the Executive Council on Tuesday morning.

The 35 x 40 metre Hu Fa Kuang Sports Centre building roof collapsed at CityU at around 2:30pm last Friday. Two male members of CityU staff were hurt and a third female individual was treated for shock.

Leung chun-ying. Photo: GovHK screenshot.

“The Buildings Department will continue to conduct  comprehensive and deep investigation and the Education Bureau has asked the City University to hand in a report in two weeks,” said Leung.

“We will review present policy and ensure the safety of buildings in Hong Kong. We do have a green construction policy, but the precondition is that it fulfils the government requirements on design, construction, use and maintenance,” he added.

The collapsed rooftop.

At a forum on Tuesday morning, the Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said that he had thought that the rooftop collapse was an isolated incident, but found out later that it affected eight universities and schools. He said that he hoped that environmental education and greening projects in schools would not be affected.

CityU formed a three-member team to investigate the collapse last week, and has clashed with a surveyor who gave a different versions of events regarding the approval of the greening work.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.