All Around Town

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 3:47am

No Osaka sun for Sister Han?

It is normal for candidates to take a break after an election. Unfortunately for Federation of Trade Unions heavyweight Chan Yuen-han, she found herself mocked for taking a trip to Osaka.

Chan's FTU colleague, legislator-elect Alice Mak Mei-kuen, has called for the government to impose a black travel alert - the highest-level warning - on Japan amid current Sino-Japanese tensions over the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus.

Mak described travelling to Japan as "unsafe and unjust", and suggested Hongkongers avoid it. But Chan, nicknamed Sister Han, said she had planned her trip months ago and believed Mak was unaware of this when she advocated a travel warning.

Tony Cheung


The Union Jack and flagging identity

Frequent waving of the British flag during protests against further Hong Kong-mainland integration has "broken the heart" of former Beijing official Chen Zuoer . Now Lew Mon-hung, a backer of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, has said it signals an "unconstitutional de-Sinofication" of Hong Kong, making it an autonomous city state.

He made the claim in an RTHK debate with Dr Horace Chin Wan-kan, a Lingnan University China studies scholar, who supports more autonomy for Hong Kong. Lew, who swam from Shenzhen in 1973 to evade communist rule, called the "de-Sinofication" of Hong Kong "theoretically ridiculous and practically dangerous".

But Chin said Hong Kong had a "purity" it should retain and asked whether residents were really Chinese nationals. "We don't pay taxes to the mainland government. We don't pay for the army stationed here. Nor does the Communist Party operate formally here. Do we really share the same identity?"

Stuart Lau


Grace period over as new race begins

If the pan-democratic camp felt warmed by camaraderie for all of two weeks after the Legislative Council election, it wasn't long before an internal spat erupted.

The trigger is a district council by-election in On Tai, Sha Tin, in November. The seat came up after Yeung Cheung-li of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong went bankrupt.

With the Beijing-loyalist DAB expected to field a young candidate, the pan-democrats might have joined forces with a single challenger. However, it seems there was a breakdown in communication. The NeoDemocrats have filed their nomination, while the Democratic Party is fielding Donna Yau Yuet-wah.

Now the two allies are quarrelling over who should have informed who first.

Tony Cheung