What is really going on in troubled orchestra?

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 November, 2002, 12:00am

Having followed the saga of unrest within the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 1999, the current situation remains unclear.

Instead of relying on quotes from sources within the orchestra, the media, or other relevant bodies, should investigate whether musical director Samuel Wong was actually 'handpicked' by Home Affairs Bureau Secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping (when he chaired the orchestra's general committee) as was alleged in the story, headlined 'Three sacked as orchestra is given leadership revamp' (South China Morning Post, November 12).

If it is true, the public will gain a clearer insight of the plight inside the Hong Kong Philharmonic, since this scenario echoes a similar unrest that pervades many sections of Hong Kong.

I refer, of course, to our very own Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa who many consider to have been handpicked by the Chinese government in 1997, and the subsequent fall-out by protesters who have perceived something awry with the selection process.

If false, at least an independent inquiry will yield more credible results than those arising from speculation and subjective statements from unnamed sources.