Public Eye

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 October, 2011, 12:00am


Did typhoon deter the tycoons?

Guess who didn't come to dinner? The tycoons. Empty seats outnumbered filled ones when Ronnie Chan Chichung of Hang Lung Properties and Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, former Sun Hung Kai boss, threw a party for the powerful to size up chief executive wannabe Leung Chun-ying. The top five property developers didn't show. Signal 8 was up - maybe tycoons fear typhoons. Or maybe they were hedging their bets, since Beijing has yet to clearly state a preference for our next leader. Chan and Kwok want to throw a party to size up Henry Tang Ying-yen too. But Tang doesn't want to go. He apparently feels rubbing shoulders with his rich buddies could send the wrong message. But the question is: why should we care who the tycoons want as our leader? Leung and Tang should care more about who the people want. Beijing hasn't openly anointed the next chief executive yet. We're not sure if it will. We hope it won't. But if it does, let's hope it's the people's, choice, not the tycoons' choice.

Rita Fan's back at it

There she goes again, talking in riddles. But they're becoming more like incoherent ramblings than riddles. First, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai promised to back Henry Tang for chief executive once his resignation as chief secretary took effect. Well, it has, so she's duty bound to back Tang. But she also said she might run herself, since Tang is not an ideal candidate. Now she's taken her ramblings further. She says she'll run if Tang's public support is low. Let's try to make sense of all that. She'll back Tang but might run against him at the same time. That requires imagination - supporting the opponent you want to beat. Her campaign slogan should be: 'Back me, but I back Henry.' And if she wins, she could try being chief executive and not being chief executive at the same time.

Just take the plunge

Here's Public Eye's advice to Gary Claydon, who's been whining about being barred from the cross-harbour race: go jump in the harbour. Race alongside the registered swimmers. No one can stop you. You won't be competing officially since you lack a Hong Kong ID card, but so what? If you win, your glory will be bigger - a rebel with a cause. The media will swarm around you, the hero who defied authority. If you lose, well, that'll teach you to jump into our polluted harbour in the first place.