Odes to a career as Moss bows out

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 July, 1993, 12:00am

HONGKONG'S media has long enjoyed a love-hate relationship with the Government Information Service (GIS) - unusually on the premise reporters love to hate it.

It is interesting, therefore, to hear some of the complaints periodically hurled at the GIS - incompetence, venality and caution - are shared by the officers themselves.

What else can we make of the self-pitying ode penned by Peter Moss when he retired as assistant director last week after 28 years with GIS? Using some extremely dodgy scansion Mr Moss serenaded his colleagues at his retirement party with such verse as: ''I'll be seeing you . . . in all those, boring press releases . . . APIs [announcements of public interest] and promo pieces . . .'' It ends aptly, given the Government's embarrassment over the issuing of a typhoon warning by mistake, eight days ago.

''Every time an act of God . . . brings Hongkong to its knees . . . GIS must take the blame . . . as sure as chalk is cheese.''