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Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 5:21am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 5:21am

If Beijing blocked Ricky Wong then we would know all about it

BIO

Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.
 

Public Eye is mystified. Was the decision to grant just two free TV licences really a political one? Did the central government's liaison office really poke its unwanted nose into our business by instructing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying  to deny Ricky Wong Wai-kay a licence because he is "uncontrollable"? That's the public belief. But if true, how did the liaison office communicate this order to Leung? With a subtle wink? A blatant phone call? How did Leung trickle the order down to the 29 official and unofficial Executive Council members? With a hint? By pulling them aside one by one? Or by telling them at the start of the meeting what the big boss wanted?  Whichever way Leung did it, surely word would have leaked from at least one of the members that Beijing had meddled in Exco matters. After all, Exco leaked like a sieve after the licence decision. We now know the names of those who didn't attend the meeting, those who said nothing and the three unofficial members who favoured a licence for Wong, including Exco convenor Lam Woon-kwong  and Beijing loyalist Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun.  How could a loyalist have defied Beijing's wishes? And why were there no leaks from Exco members revealing they were ordered to do Beijing's bidding? It's a mystery. Or it's baloney. 

 

Soap opera protesters in need of a reality check

Public Eye listened yesterday morning to two popular Chinese-language phone-in shows aired on RTHK and Commercial Radio. And the topic was? Not polluted air that experts now agree causes lung cancer. Not growing poverty, high rents, high home prices, the deteriorating standards of English or our declining competitiveness. The topic was our lousy TV soap operas and a campaign by internet users to punish TVB by turning off TV sets last night while the station marked its 46th anniversary with a gala show. Now you know what Hongkongers care most about. All things TV have dominated the radio shows for over a month now. Competitors Singapore and Shanghai must be scratching their heads. Gleefully, of course.

 

Silencing' of government critic is a storm in a teacup

The fat lady has yet to sing over the long-running TV licence soap opera but another one has already begun. This new comic book of Looney Tunes involves the shifting of Commercial Radio talk show host Lee Wai-ling  from a morning to an evening time slot. Already, the conspiracy theorists are saying it's Commercial Radio's way of silencing the abrasive government critic so it'll be ensured a licence renewal in 2016. It's just a switch of hosts, for goodness sake. That happens in TV and radio. Lee started off in the evening time slot and is just being assigned back to her old show. How is that silencing her? To silence her, you'd have to fire her. People who like listening to her can still do so in the evening. Or does free speech only exist in the morning? Maybe Hong Kong audiences only like their dose of government-bashing in the mornings. The evenings are reserved for TVB soap opera-bashing. Wake up and smell sanity, people. We have far bigger problems to deal with. 

 

mickchug@gmail.com

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tim.cheng.148
Michael Chugani is just a contrarian, attention craving jerk. He would have loved to lived in the 1930s or 1970s when Hitler or Nixon were in power, so he could have the only one defending those wonder "dear leaders". Instead he has to settle with trying to stand out by defending CY, the tinpot dictator of soon-to-be-third-world Hong Kong...
whymak
Mr. Chugani,
Sometimes your feel good rants overtake your logic when it comes to class wars. But this time you have logic on your side. You used the proof by contradiction (reductio ad absurdum) that I learned in Form 2 geometry at St. Joseph's College to make a strong case. But the morons, illiterates and hate CY crowd simple can't countenance your logic.
Keep this up you might even be lynched. Don't walk in dark alleys at night where pan democrat crazies, who might yet prove as violent as they are verbally, are lurking.
ykbc
In ancient Chinese courts, the emperor did not need to tell his eunuchs what his wishes were. They had to second-guess, correctly, what the emperor really wanted or not. The courts of the Chinese Communist Party and, increasingly, of the Hong Kong SAR government, are no different.
whymak
Your analogy is like a schizophrenic's delusion. Since when have you seen beheadings of SAR officials? The ones rolling out the guillotines are the demonstrating mob.
hk.speaks
I totally agree. And nothing can be more damaging. It brought down the Ming Dynasty and weakened the Qing Dynastry. Hongkongers must continue to make our voices heard so that at least these Emperor-pleasers couldn't say that the Hong Kong people didn't care. We owe this to ourselves and our children.
hk.speaks
It is not just about lousy TV programs or who gets the next TV licence. It's about how CY Leung's government blatantly dismantles the many time-proven ways of conducting public affairs in Hong Kong. It's only natural that the people of Hong Kong become outraged when they see their city gradually (or not so gradually) being turned into another corrupt Chinese city. And there is no reason why we can't carry on with our normal lives and defend our core values at the same time.
whymak
hk.speaks:
Anson Chan's core value is to be Chris Patten's GIRL. So she chanted, and still does, Democracy and Freedom to please her boss. It's in the same vein when I chanted Our Father & Hail Mary in a Catholic school. What's your core value? I presume you're male.
Unfortunately, I derive my core value from reading Chinese classics, which is inferior to Anglos' Smoke & Mirrors.
honger
So, how clean are the self righteous like yourself?
What about the pan dems' CX junkets and about face in legco to side with govt?
What will change when u and yours come into power?
honger
And, don't call yourself HK.speaks, coz u don't speak for hk!
chuchu59
You sound like a dictator LOL.

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