All Around Town: Political presents that are only skin-deep
Political presents that are only skin-deep
If you assume freebies doled out by political parties to woo voters are always going to be moon cakes, dumplings, rice packs or free feasts - think again. Skin lotion has recently gone out to residents at Long Ping Estate in Yuen Long. That sort of freebie might be more than welcome to teenage recipients, but a lucky elderly woman was stumped by the sleek bottle of "Beautymate Refining Smooth Nano Lotion" from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which carried a sticker showing the faces of DAB lawmaker Leung Che-cheung and community officer Amanda Wong Yuk-chun. "The old lady came to me and asked what it was and how to use it," Yuen Long district councillor Roy Kwong Chun-yu, a Democrat, said. "She was a bit disappointed when she realised it was actually for skin refining and wondered why [the DAB] gave her such a thing." He said the generous Wong, who was likely to challenge him in November district council elections, had a record of giving out skin care products. It wasn't that long ago that she made gifts out of paper masks to encourage people to register as voters. "What would she give away next time? A whole beauty treatment?" Kwong was clearly tickled by the idea, saying poll aspirants should focus on community work that would go beyond just being skin-deep.
Bad luck strikes twice for legislator Regina Ip
August is apparently not a good month for New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. First, her Facebook administrator failed to hide the identity card number of the executive councillor when uploading images of her colonoscopy - making the former security secretary a topic of much discussion online. By the following week, Next Magazine had zoomed in on the possibility that this administrator, top Ip aide Eric Chan, might have unsavoury interests. In its latest issue, the magazine alleged that Chan, formerly one of its reporters, was seen attending a 2009 nightclub in Dongguan with a group of men who shared a common interest - secretly taking pictures under women's skirts. A Next reporter had been sent there on an undercover mission and was surprised to see his former colleague, according to the article. Ip has refused to comment, as has Chan, who is now on vacation.
No respite for CY even from 'allies'
When Felix Chung Kwok-pan succeeded Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee as the Liberal Party's chairman last year, beleaguered Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying might have expected the pro-establishment party to be less critical of his government. As it turned out, Chung was not only critical of Leung, he even made it clear on Tuesday Leung would not have his support in seeking a second five-year term. Speaking on TVB's Straight Talk, Chung said he agreed with his party colleague, honorary chairman James Tien Pei-chun, that Leung was a worse leader than Tung Chee-hwa and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Chung said: "He has delivered three policy addresses, but [many of his] proposals have not been implemented … There is no clear direction for the city's economic development."