Media sensation Ma is no relation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 June, 2007, 12:00am

Frederick Ma Si-hang did two significant things at the weekend. He was appointed to a new post in the chief executive's cabinet, switching from secretary for financial services and the treasury to the new altered post of secretary for commerce and economic development. He also confirmed that he's not related to Jodia Ma, Formula One rookie hotshot Lewis Hamilton's Hong Kong-based girlfriend.

There were suggestions that Hamilton's 21-year-old sweetheart Ma was a relative of principal official Ma. But his office quickly cleared the air. 'I asked him [on Friday] and he said he doesn't know any girl by that name,' Frederick Ma's press officer said. So the British tabloids' search for the girl continues.