A Bad Week for ... , August 4, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 August, 2013, 3:36am


Chen Mingming

The Guizhou vice-governor learned an important lesson about the risks of social networking when he attacked unpatriotic Chinese citizens as "human scumbags". Chen admitted he made the comments on his weibo, or microblog, which also included a rant about gun crime in the United States, but promised to "be more careful and responsible with my choice of words" in future.

Shih Wing-ching

The co-founder of property agency Centaline was forced to seek police protection after two men tried to attack him in his car, although he insists his outspoken stance was not the reason for the attack. Shih, who is also founder of free Chinese-language daily am730, has publicly criticised "hatred towards the rich" and led a protest by real estate agents against property cooling measures.

Hong Kong airport

Chek Lap Kok, long considered one of the world's greatest airports, slipped from first place to fifth in a global study of 195 airports. The 2013 ARTS Global Benchmarking list drew on information from airports' financial statements and annual reports, and direct data requests. There was better news, however, for the Hong Kong airport on the financial front - it is significantly cheaper than many others.