SCMP Thursday, March 15, 2001


Thatcher visited death estate

GARY CHEUNG and CHEUNG CHI-FAI

The Tsuen Wan estate where Leung was murdered yesterday was once visited by former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and hailed as a showpiece housing development.
More recently, however, the 20-year-old Shek Wai Kok Estate, which is home to 20,000 people, has been plagued by petty crime and is now undergoing a security upgrade.
Entrance gates are being installed at the lift lobby with guards stationed.
Mrs Thatcher visited the estate in September 1982 after her historic meeting with Deng Xiaoping in Beijing to discuss the future of the colony.
The Government had picked it as a showcase of Hong Kong's public housing development. During the few hours she stayed at the estate, Mrs Thatcher visited a household in Shek Lan House, one of the eight blocks on the estate.
Residents today are mostly of lower-middle class background and some have been relocated from squatter areas in Tsuen Wan district centre and old public housing estates nearby.
A spokesman for the Housing Department said yesterday it had not received any complaints about noise from residents in Shek To House over the past few months.
Pang Wai-fong, manager of the Shek Wai Kok Estate, said: "There are no major problems with law and order."