Swire Group, whose activities span property, aviation, beverages, marine services, and trading and industrial, is a Hong Kong listed conglomerate. It is the parent of Hong Kong carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Dragonair, and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (Haeco) is a subsidiary. Swire Pacific and Swire Properties are the main listed arms of the group, which also owns Swire Hotels.
Cathay Pacific Airways' annual report was released yesterday and Lai See's eye was drawn to the top earners column, which showed a non-director scooping a total emolument of $6 million, up from $5 million last year. Long renowned for their collegiate culture but miserly cash packages, the Swire princes look to be joining the big-bucks brigade.
It's just a shame Cathay's net tumbled more than 60 per cent.
Lai See was pleased to note McDonald's unveiling of its sports ambassador yesterday was not in a banquet room with thick curtains but at the swimming pool of a posh hotel in Pudong. Diving queen Guo Jingjing has won several gold medals in world competitions and took two silvers at the Sydney Olympics. She emerged in a red T-shirt and light red jeans, her face thick with white powder, and gave a speech about how she had joined the national team at the age of nine and how the Big Mac had been part of her life from an early age.
Alas, she stayed out of the pool.
Hong Kong's sellers of sex have been having a hard time of late. PCCW had to pull its naked news show and adult porn mags have been biting the dust. This does not seem to be deterring SmarTone, which generously invited Lai See to its 'G' show tonight on the promise of a 'sensuous' competition.
Lai See is, of course, outraged but is always willing to take on the tough assignments.