Leung Chun Ying

Chief executive hopeful has close encounter with dancing flash mob

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 12:00am

It's not every day that a chief executive hopeful has to run the gauntlet of a flash mob in Hong Kong, but that's what happened to Leung Chun-ying yesterday.

During a press conference on the waterfront at Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Leung narrowly missed being part of a flash-mob dance routine involving Little Steps, a parents' and children's group, and Island Dance.

The flash mob was organised to help promote the start of Social Media Week, but organisers got more than they bargained for when they arrived to find the former Executive Council convenor in the middle of a media scrum.

'At first we saw his volunteers walking around and thought: 'Oh no, there's another flash mob taking place at the same time as ours. What are the odds of this happening?'' one member of the flash mob said. 'Then we realised that it was actually Leung who was talking to the press.'

Leung was whisked away before the flash-mob participants could start their routine.

'It was a pity, because he could have ended up having his very own group of cheerleaders,' another flash-mob member said.

A flash mob is a group of people who assemble in a public place and briefly perform an unusual act, such as dancing. Originating in the United States in the early years of this century, flash mobs can be a form of protest, artistic expression or just fun.