Govt personnel and police besiege timber factory in Kwu Tong after owner ignores repossession order for land development

Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber factory

27th September 2022 – (Hong Kong) Affected by the government’s resumption of land development in the Northeast New Territories, the Chi Kee Sawmill & Timber factory located in Kwu Tung with a history of more than 70 years was also subject to be repossessed on 13th of this month.

Government personnel showed up for the first time on the 14th September to hand over the cheque for compensation and to discuss the repossession but the person in charge did not want to hand over the land.

During this morning, a large number of government personnel were present at the factory, and no one was allowed to enter or leave. Officers from theAgriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department were also present and some workers at the factory took their three dogs to the adjacent factory to avoid being confiscated.

The factory received a government notice at 7.30am this morning. When the person in charge returned to the factory, he found that he was surrounded by dozens of government personnel, including police officers to prohibit everyone from entering and leaving the premises. Only the sister of one of the persons in charge was allowed to enter the venue to retrieve the documents and leave, while another person in charge and a worker were not allowed to enter the premises.

The person in charge of the factory once revealed that he was mentally prepared to move the factory, but there were more than 1,000 tons of wood in the factory. Currently, only about 200 tons have been cleared, and the remaining 800 tons have not yet been removed.