Tang's basement sexier than his bedroom

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am


Sex is supposed to be a universal promoter of sales. But in Hong Kong, space commands a better premium and is therefore an even sexier subject.

This is why the so-called sex scandals about chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen are becoming a yawn. Let's stick with the real scandal, which is the illegally built basement in his wife's house in Kowloon Tong.

Do we really care whether Tang had an affair with a woman banker? I am far more mesmerised by the police investigation in France of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, who was allegedly involved in a prostitution ring.

As quoted in the Financial Times, his lawyer Henri Leclerc said: 'At these kinds of parties, you are not always clothed. I challenge you to tell the difference between a naked prostitute and a naked worldly woman.'

With a lawyer like that, you don't need a prosecutor. So please don't wake me up until Tang manages to generate a comparable sex scandal.

Hong Kong is choosing a chief executive, not a husband, and Tang has already proved several times over he is incapable of leading Hong Kong. The latest juicy disclosure therefore proves nothing new, as he has already confessed he cheated on his wife.

What the latest exposure risks doing is distracting us from the real scandal - that massive basement. It is not just a matter of demolishing it, as Tang has promised to do. Its construction potentially involves criminal liability.

Contrary to what Tang claimed, many engineers have pointed out that it would be technically difficult if not impossible to build such a large structure after the overall building was completed. That would require the excavation of an area that had already been occupied by the main building. Submitting a fake building plan that leads to the issuance of an occupancy permit is a criminal offence.

Let's keep looking into Tang's basement, not his bedroom.