A fruit that's still forbidden

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 January, 1997, 12:00am

A Hong Kong resident was strolling into the Chinese side at the Lowu border crossing last weekend when he was stopped by a soldier.

'That's not allowed,' the soldier said, pointing at the man's middle.

Baffled, the resident looked down to see whether he had accidentally brought a carrier bag of heroin or an anti-China dissident with him.

In fact, the guard was objecting to a copy of the Apple Daily.

Clearly, Apple publisher Jimmy Lai Chee-ying still hasn't patched it up with China. Next they'll be asking us to take off our Giordano underwear.

The stuff of finest soap Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television or radio . . . another episode airs on the family feud over the $300 million fortune of Cantonese opera doyen Tang Wing-cheung.

Since November the Tang children have been slinging mud at their mother at every opportunity, accusing her of absconding with their father's millions.

Last week the Tang-a-ling circus took on the proportions of a grand opera when it landed the media in similar verbal fisticuffs during Pamela Pak Wan-kam's talk show on Metro Radio.

Pak had on air Wong Har-wai, Mrs Tang's rather wobbly champion. When Tang's eldest daughter, Siu-ngai, heard of this, she charged to the station from her father's bedside in St Margaret's Hospital, bringing in tow a legion of reporters and television crew who had been on vigil at the wards.

It turned into a bigger circus when Pak's colleague Lui Yu-yeung, whose programme runs after hers, barged into the studio on 'orders from the superior' and took over one of the microphones.

Pak objected and the scene quickly degenerated into a free-for-all, with co-host Paul Tse Wai-tsun muttering about the lack of professional standards in the local media.

As of Thursday, Back Bites was told the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority had already received 38 complaints from listeners, accusing Pak of being rude, the hosts of being biased, the radio station of not exercising due care and control over their programme - and that they were fed-up with endless reports on the feud.

We're inclined to agree on the last point.

Riposte for 'open' Patten The Right Honourable Christopher Patten gave a worthy speech titled Hong Kong And The Asian Miracle in London on Friday.

He started with: 'In these days when maximum openness and accountability are properly required of public officials . . .' How timely that his former director of immigration, Laurence Leung, whose shock departure has been the subject of official obfuscations and a distinct lack of accountability, should also have chosen Friday to break through the public silence imposed by everybody from the Governor down about the circumstances in which he left the administration.

A snip, even at $1,000 Fund-raising methods vary from begging to badgering and even to threats.

But they have the general aim of making the donor feel good at the end - either from helping a good cause or from relief at being left alone with kneecaps intact.

Thus the rich and famous were most confused when, at a recent bash, someone had the bright idea of getting gentlemen to cough up cash for charity by unceremoniously cutting off their ties.

Not threatening to cut them off if they did not drop a few red ones on the table that is - but putting them through the chop come what may.

One man put up $1,000 to save his Gucci limited-edition tie which was worth at least that much, only to have a starlet cut it in half with a pair of scissors.

At least one outraged woman left in protest.

And rightly so - what would have become the next target? Bra straps?



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