Please, not again: celebrated pundits resurrect old spat over business paper

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 February, 2011, 12:00am

Speaking of columnists, two of the city's most prominent pundits are at each other's throat, again.

Celebrated columnist Cho Chi-ming (pictured) of the Hong Kong Economic Journal seems to have some serious issue about whether he was a co-founder of the publication, which for decades has been the city's leading business paper.

A stock tipster with a cult following, Cho repeated his claim on the Journal's website that he co-founded it in the 1970s with former boss Lam Shan-muk, who uses the pseudonym Lam Hang-chi. The occasion for the interview was Cho's launch this month of his own China High Growth Fund. Cho uses the pen name Cho Yan-chiu.

In the interview, he claimed he and Lam blazed the trail of business journalism together and founded the paper.

The usually civil Lam Lok Yau-mui, Lam's wife, resorted to diatribe, describing Cho, in the paper's readers' forum, as 'an incurable and unrestrained mouth' and the hiring of Cho as 'pampering a villain'.

There had already been a spat over the matter between the two sides back in 2009.

History repeats itself, the first time as farce, the second time ... as more farce.