'Politicians' on parade at Cheung Chau
A heavily made-up boy dressed as the Chinese god of fortune with HK$1,000 banknotes at his feet was perched on a pole above another boy dressed as Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen handing out candy.
Another boy, made up as Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah with gold, an abacus and tea at his feet, stood above a girl dressed as a wealthy woman.
As they rode on floats through the streets of Cheung Chau yesterday they carried a non-too-subtle message to the large crowds on hand to watch the island's annual bun festival parade.
The floats were among several taking aim at the government's HK$6,000 handout to everyone, a main theme of the traditionally political parade yesterday.
The god of fortune is often used to represent the finance minister and a designer of that float, Leung Kwok-ming, said the message was that Donald Tsang was behind the decision to give the cash handout and John Tsang was doing what he was told.
A designer of the other float, Kent Yeung, said they wanted to tell the government to manage its wealth better.
'We want them to drink some tea and calm down before making any decisions,' he said.
'Handing out money is not the best way to manage its wealth. Better management is the only way to sustain wealth.'
Environment chief Edward Yau Tang-wah was another target because of plans for an incinerator on nearby Shek Kwu Chau.
On one float, a boy wearing glasses stood on a rock which had a bag of crabs tied to it, illustrating a Chinese saying for a lack of consultation.
Organising committee members said they wanted to complain about not being properly consulted over the incinerator plan.
Elsewhere, shops selling souvenirs stamped with the lucky bun pattern were doing brisk business.
One trader said he sold 10 per cent of his stock of 100 iPhone cases in the first 10 minutes.
At the Grand Plaza Cake Shop, one of the two official stores selling the lucky buns, staff were stamping them outside even though the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said it would prosecute anyone who did.
Owner Kwok Yu-chuen said he had too little space inside, where they made about 70,000 buns yesterday.
The department later said it would follow up on the matter.