The Macao Synergy Association think tank said in a statement on Thursday that it has sent a letter to Commissioner Against Corruption Chan Tsz King calling for an official investigation into the “suspected illegal approval” of the demolition of Lok Kok Teahouse in Rua Cinco de Outubro.
Lok Kok, which opened in 1913 and closed in 1990, was one of Macao’s most famous teahouses. It was famed for its traditional Chinese wood-panel ceiling.
According to the Chinese-language letter, a copy of which was received by the Macau Post Daily on Thursday, the building, which has recently been completely demolished, was a listed building.
Asked by reporters about the matter on Thursday, Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) Vice-President Leong Wai Man said that the demolition project had been recently approved as the building had almost completely collapsed over the past three decades, adding that the bureau had ordered its new owner to restore the building to its original design and to use specific methods and materials in its reconstruction.