Police working towards fraud discovery
Election tampering, meetings out of control, voters storming out in protest, police called to make the peace, a criminal investigation.
Welcome to Parkvale Village, Discovery Bay.
Residents have been waking up to the sound of golf carts, septic tanks and the thud of village owners' committee letters on their doorsteps. Life in the sleepy new town just hasn't been the same since the June AGM.
According to a letter recently penned by Yung Ching-hung, who asserts his title as chairman of the Parkvale VOC, the police are hot on the trail of a proxy fraudster.
A proxy form was allegedly tampered with - a fact that was made known to the AGM attendees. Things then started to get 'out of control'.
Mr Yung assures us there was no fighting. There was, however, shouting.
The incident appears to have snowballed into a wider criminal investigation. Mr Yung says he was asked to unseal the other proxy forms to help their investigation.
More background and accusations will be revealed shortly, once we find our deerstalker and pipe.
A parchment scroll has just landed on our desk, delivered by a carrier pigeon. It is hard to make out in parts. The letter 's' seems to be written as an 'f', there's wax and quill feathers in the way, the Bar Affociation - the Bar Association perhaps?
The document appears to be asking members whether the affociation should embrace some of those new-fangled ideas, like publicity. Something about being too - here the writing gets very difficult to read - crufty, is it?
It must be linked to the Bar Association's recent vote on their code of conduct. The one that would have allowed them to publicise their fees had it not been voted down 261 to 193.
The problem appeared to be that something called the 'Interweb' was changing the way people do business.
Clients no longer glean their news or information from the town crier or village gossip. The Interweb had changed that.
And those rotters from London were moving in on their patch. Barristers from Britain, on one occasion at least, held cocktail parties for potential clients. This resulted in some 'unpleasant exchanges'.
Drastic action was required.
But perhaps what the association came up with was too fanatic.
Barristers would have been able to provide information about themselves. A resume, or a brochure. Even a photograph. Some details on how many guineas they charged. But it could not be left in a public place. Or on any random Interweb site. It had to be on the Bar's own site.
Also there would be nothing there about the quality or quantity of a barrister's work. Nothing that could be construed as advertising. Nothing that could indicate any willingness to accept a brief.
Incensing stuff. No wonder the mutinous blackguards were swiftly thrashed.
NEW WORLD ORDER
It is a New World after all. Hong Kong's media was recently treated to a ride on a New World First Bus double-decker. Then they went to the New World Ferry terminus.
This was followed by a pit-stop at the Convention Centre, built by New World's construction arm. It is now run by New World's management arm. New World's cleaning business services the 170 New World toilets in the building.
Security at the centre is provided by members of New World's 2,600 guards. Flowers in the building come from New World's nurseries in Shenzhen.
Off then to New World's bus depot. The tour took them through the Eastern Corridor. Not a New World construction this one, although it does have a stake in the Tate Cairn's tunnel.
The New World-trip-New World-took-New World-the-New World-best part of a day. But the media accepted the offer believing they would get to grill senior New World management. They failed to show due to an urgent meeting.
The press felt as if they had been taken for a ride.