Political Animal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2007, 12:00am

Tsang's touch of divine inspiration

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may not have seen what awaits in heaven, but may nevertheless know what goes on in the afterlife through divine inspiration, says Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung. Frontier lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing's search for an explanation for Mr Tsang's reported remarks that universal suffrage models desired by the likes of herself 'could only be found in heaven,' brought a response from Mr Lam in the Legislative Council yesterday.

Ms Lau said: 'I would like to know whether the chief executive has gone to heaven recently, otherwise how would he know that my [political reform] model, can be found there?' Mr Lam replied: 'All I can say is that since I've known the chief executive ... he has gone to church every day.'

Dog meat ruling fails to go down well

Beijing loyalist Shiu Sin-por was back in the limelight yesterday, citing a recent court ruling against eating dog meat to prove his long-held belief that judges sometimes punish according to cultural values rather than rule of law. Speaking at a forum on politics and law, he said some people were prepared to pay a fine of a few thousand dollars each year in order to savour their favourite winter delicacy. But he noted that a judge had recently decided to jail some men for eating dog meat, saying dogs were kept as pets and not for food in Hong Kong. 'But elsewhere in China, there is no such ban,' Mr Shiu observed.

Rafael Hui makes quick work of media

Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan, who has returned to work after a break amid fresh media speculation over his political career after July 1, managed to escape a bombardment from journalists at an annual gathering of the newspaper industry yesterday. The government's No 2 man, whose political fate has been as hazy as the weather in recent days, left the Newspaper Society's annual news awards ceremony soon after inspecting the award-winning work and delivering a brief speech. He was in such a hurry to attend an official meeting in Shenzhen that he could not take part in a group photo session for sponsors and adjudicators, despite plans to move it to the start of the ceremony - so the photo shoot was moved back to its original place at the end of the ceremony.

Democrats' mainland visit a mixed blessing

It is a rare occurrence for leaders of the Democratic Party to visit the mainland. No wonder then that the sightseeing trip by vice-chairmen Sin Chung-kai and Tik Chi-yuen, and core members Stanley Ng Wing-fai, Andrew Fung Wai-kwong and their families to Shanghai over the Easter holidays has left many of their colleagues feeling short-changed. Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, who has long had his home-return permit confiscated along with many of his colleagues for being deemed enemies of Beijing, said although it was a good sign that some party members were allowed to enter the mainland, others were still robbed of their rights to visit the motherland. 'It is regrettable that many of our comrades can still not return home, although it is a right for all Chinese. But we will never exchange our conscience for a piece of document. However, since we are rational and pragmatic, we will no longer mention issues such as June 4 every time we see mainland officials, because it will irritate them,' Mr Ho said.



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