Public Eye

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 September, 2009, 12:00am

Did Henry Tang really join car-free day?

Public Eye is a bit confused. Doesn't car-free day mean you dispense with your car for the day to help save the environment? Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen did that last week. Well, not quite. He took a taxi from his home on The Peak to work. But isn't a taxi a car? Then he abandoned taxis for much of the day due to a 'tight' schedule. This included rushing back home to host a lunch. For that, he used his chauffeur-driven car. That could only mean he considers his chauffeur to be a much faster driver than a cabbie. Otherwise, if you can ride down The Peak to work in a taxi on car-free day surely you can ride back up in one again for lunch. After lunch, he used his fast-driving chauffeur again for his next appointment. He finished his day by switching back to a taxi for the slow ride home. Now you see why we're a bit confused. Actually, we're more than a bit confused, we're plenty confused. We can't work out if our chief secretary actually participated in car-free day.

Hit the MTR gropers where it really hurts

Public Eye is really disturbed by the rising number of perverts groping women in crowded MTR trains. We sympathise with the call by a women's group for the MTR to put up warning signs. But the trick is getting the signs right. They need to be explicit to be effective. A sign that simply says 'Behave yourselves' will only draw sniggers from men. A sign that says 'Beware of perverts' will only make women roll their eyes. They already know perverts are on the loose. The signs have to hit gropers where it hurts. Public Eye favours a four-framed sign, the first showing a man touching a woman passenger's breasts, the second feeling her buttocks, the third taking a picture up her skirt and the final one with him doubling over in pain as she knees him in the groin. To be extra effective, the man's painful shriek should be repeatedly broadcast at an even higher volume than the MTR's high-volume video screens on trains and platforms.

Tycoons' defeat a people power victory

Don't kid yourselves. The tycoons didn't take the Legislative Council to court simply to clarify how a clause in our constitution should be interpreted. It was about power. Our tycoons are not used to having their power challenged. So when legislators, on behalf of the people, ordered two of them to appear for a second time before an inquiry into possible wrongdoing, the tycoons decided enough was enough. How dare the people's elected representatives interrogate the rich and the powerful? That was the real reason why two top bosses of New World Development took Legco to court. The battle was not about whether Legco had too much power to summons inquiry witnesses. It was about whether the power of the tycoons should be questioned. The tycoons lost. The people won. That doesn't happen often, so savour it.

Iranian leader's taste of democratic confusion

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must really find democracy confusing. Aren't democrats supposed to defend your right to free speech even if they disagree with what you have to say? So how come delegates from the democratic West walked out when he blasted Israel in his United Nations speech last week, he must be wondering. And how come they stayed when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted him right back? Ah, you'll argue, democrats will defend your right to free speech but that doesn't mean they must listen. Don't explain that to Ahmadinejad, it'll only confuse him more. He'll wonder why, when they chose not to listen to his denial of the Holocaust, they're still taking his words so seriously.

The identity question that can wait

Public Eye wishes Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah a speedy recovery from his heart surgery. Only after he has fully recovered will we ask him if he had to show his ID card to Queen Mary Hospital staff before they agreed to treat him.