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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 5:27am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 6:30am

Li's sycophants have been out in force

Li Ka-shing is a saint. Yes, he is not just our richest man; he is a paragon of virtues. Well, he is far too modest to say that, but you can tell that from his one-on-one interview with Guangzhou-based Nanfang Media Group published last week. His sycophants have not been shy.

Take that full-page ad taken out in Sing Tao Daily yesterday by Joseph Yeung of the Hong Kong Industry Commerce and Professionals Association. I blushed reading it. "Li Ka-shing exercises his influence for the love of his country and Hong Kong." "Li develops his selfhood, but pursues a [higher] plane of selflessness." "Li's Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist wisdom and his China dream." I am not making these up.

The tycoon always says you can only be successful if you are fair and honest in all your business dealings. No doubt all the buyers of Cheung Kong's flats with their high-quality building materials and fair disclosure of gross floor areas over many years would agree. I bet small suppliers for his ParknShop supermarket chain would fall over themselves to acknowledge the fairness and generosity with which they have been treated; or the myriad contractors and advertisers who have always been paid promptly and fairly by Li's companies.

Li always puts himself on the moral high ground because he is a sage in the mould of Confucius. He says he even tried to help "Big Spender" Cheung Tze-keung, the crime boss who kidnapped his beloved eldest son Victor. "I could only teach you to be a good man," he says he told Cheung, for whom he no doubt felt sorry, being tried and executed on the mainland when he should have been returned and tried in Hong Kong. Now that was some "rule of law"!

Li also warned against "the rule of man" and its threat to our "core values". In case you missed the reference, his anonymous pals helpfully told the media that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had been foolishly pursuing populist policies. Presumably they meant the government's enhanced welfare for the poor and elderly, and cooling measures for the property market.

Nasty person, this Leung guy! If only Li's man Henry Tang had not been cheated of the crown last year, all would have been well and Hong Kong would still be a land of milk and honey - for our tycoons.

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mercedes2233
Why mock him? He didn't make any claims to sainthood. Other people behaving badly is other people's business. Is Mr Lo secretly envious and therefore attacks this tall poppy?
ekoo
the key word is sycophants. Sycophants, not Li.
goncalo
Bravo, Mr. Lo!
chuchu59
KS backed the wrong horse in the last CE election but being a man of principle he chose to stick with Henry and this probably caused the rift between him and Beijing. The man's popularity has taken a plunge from the heady days of the 90s but I feel this is more a general hatred of tycoons more than anything else. His comment on the 'rule of man' is valid and CY needs to heed it as KS still wields consideable influence though he may not have the ear of Beijing nowadays.
Byebye
If an association for special super privileges of cartels, duopolies and monopolies of HK is established, the first president or CEO would be Mr Superman; surely those special super sons of HK would unanimously elect Mr Superman. There are much miseries and hardship created as a result of the cartels and monopolies. Mr Li and other special privileged elites in our mist really have to start looking at the miseries and hardship of the victims of HK, the consequence of the privileges enjoyed by the few elites. Mr CY Leung and his team at least have made some effort to erase some privileges, please continue to fight the cartels, monopolies etc. Christmas season is here soon, and the spirits of lights, beauty of God, joy and benevolence ought to be felt by everybody in HK. May I suggest Mr Superman and those elites spend a little time reading over the festive season of joy, and I humbly like to suggest the books "A Christmas Carol" or "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.
pslhk
I’m positive about giving new meanings to old words
But I can’t agree with AL's privatization of the sycophantic word
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Supporters of your favorite dignitaries are admirers
Supporters of famous people you don’t like are sycophants
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What if LKS expressed the same opinion
as a small time roadside hawker
living in a public housing estate
where he brought up successful children?
Would his words be repeated as maxims
and propagated in Under the Lion Rock?
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Without LKS business acumen
there would be much bigger un- and underemployment
and much bigger demand for welfare and public housing
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No business can be successful
if it is run as a charity
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Some complaints against flat size / material, supermarket shelf allocation,
bills settlement and myriad other matters may be valid
but they can’t overshadow the big picture
One third of the profit of LKS’ enterprises is for charity
Perhaps AL’s sycophants are paying rightful tributes to LSK
for many of his foundation’s ungrateful or insensible beneficiaries
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I look at autobio materials from two angles
actual and ideal; if the former can’t be ascertained
I’d try to learn from successful people’s idealized narratives
What’s wrong with “Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist wisdom and China dream”?
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Hypocrisy?
Try S Green's Good Value
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I just wonder if LKS’s critics may feel natural and comfortable
if all these were about Kenneth Sydney Landon
promoting Socrates, Jesus and Adam Smith wisdom
shouken
I agree with pslhk. People have myriad aspects. You can't simply pick out the worst ones. It depends on the angle of your approach to that person. I certainly would not lose sleep if Bin Laden sleeps next door, whatever the Americans say about him.
wwong888
do you need a job cleaning my toilet? you have a lot of time to write nonsense
johnyuan
psl....
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LKS is a great follower of Adam Smith of his Pragmatism philosophy. He must have many Americans who work for him who naturally practice it. The Chinese sages are nice to be associated with for good dose of personal vanity. There is no hampering since these sages said so abundantly and sufficiently enough for pick and choose to suit anyone’s whim at any time.
pslhk
AS was first and foremost a moral philospher
Is Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist wisdom
inevitably or exclusively associated with personal vainity?
Is LKS's declared personal principle whimsical?

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