No walk in the park

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2016, 5:26am

On Tuesday, many of our leaders did their bit for Car-Free Day by taking public transport. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen walked from Government House to the Central Government Offices, in the process highlighting how close he lives to his place of work; the stroll took about five minutes. If he were serious about doing away with his car whenever feasible (which, given his actions on Tuesday, we are led to believe), why doesn't he walk in every morning? It would save time and taxpayer-funded petrol and cut down on pollution - and it's not as though he's likely to come to any harm in one of the safest parts of one of the world's safest cities, now, is it.

'I very much want to,' he says, but he fears he'd be hounded by reporters. 'When I walked from Government House, about 50 media people were after me,' he says.

Well, of course they were; it was a publicity stunt. It would have been a hugely unsuccessful one if there had not been reporters present.

If a morning stroll to work became a habit, Tsang would no doubt have to contend with the odd reporter or two, but what's wrong with that? A chief with a bit of charisma would use such an opportunity to his advantage and prepare sound bites for a ready audience. Our CE may not be relaxed around the press but talking to them is part and parcel of being a leader. You won't get the job done by taking the easy way out, Mr Tsang.