In the chief's words

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 July, 2008, 12:00am

On criticism that relief measures are inadequate:

'When you talk about handing out money, in fact we are handing out money constantly. We hand out around HK$1.9 billion a month, including the old-age allowance and disabilities allowance.'

On his practice of forging 'intimate' ties with allies and keeping a distance from his foes:

''Intimate' means close to the people and giving priority to the interests of the public. 'Distance' means distant from the people, putting one's own interest first.'

On the civil service culture of 'do less; err less':

'No one is perfect.'

On complaints of police strip-searching:

'I feel that in a civilised society we must have a civilised way of doing things. But I also have to respect that when enforcing the law, they have their way of doing things.'

On the delay to the cruise terminal at Kai Tak:

'We will definitely see a cruise terminal. This is an integral part of raising our overall tourism service.'

On the confiscation in Beijing of a Hong Kong reporter's home-return permit:

'We have to understand we have our own immigration system. They have their immigration system. While we don't want our immigration system to be interfered with, we also don't want to interfere with the mainland's immigration system ... From what I gather, this journalist will get back his home-return permit as soon as possible.'