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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2012, 4:26am

Old colleagues reunite on anniversary dinner

A newspaper's ex-editor and his former protégé - now the secretary for home affairs - were recently reunited in Hong Kong, 30 years after their last meeting. Lo Fu, former chief editor of the pro-Beijing New Evening Post, met Tsang Tak-sing, the man he groomed to be his successor, at a dinner held at a North Point restaurant to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

In 1969, Lo hired Tsang as a reporter, just after Tsang was released from Stanley Prison, where he had served a two-year sentence for distributing "inflammatory leaflets" during the 1967 riots. Lo himself was arrested in Beijing in April 1982 and was sentenced to 10 years in jail the following year. According to a Xinhua report in May 1983, Lo was accused of being in the pay of US intelligence agencies. to whom it was claimed he had provided information about China's "political, diplomatic and military realms". Lo insists he was innocent.

Tsang later became chief editor of Ta Kung Pao before moving into politics. During the dinner on September 15, the minister proposed a toast to Lo, now 91. It may just have been a coincidence that the dinner was hosted by the 67 Synergy Group, which includes leftists jailed who were jailed during the 1967 riots. 

Gary Cheung


Civic Party to challenge for Legco presidency

The Civic Party's Alan Leong Kah-kit will challenge the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong's Jasper Tsang Yok-sing for the Legco presidency, although his chances are slim, given the pan-democrats' minority position.

The pan-democrats said they would also support Dennis Kwok Wing-hang, a new member from the Civic Party, who is representing the legal sector, to head the legal committee, as the position was an important stronghold for the camp. Independent lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun is also said to be eyeing the position.

Tony Cheung, Emily Tsang


First working day wreathed in mourning

Kenneth Chen Wei-on's first working day as Legco's secretary-general was tinged with sadness. He said he signed his first document with a heavy heart, as the council was in mourning for victims of the Lamma ferry disaster.

The former education undersecretary said he did not think having held a political role in his former job would create conflict in his new position, and said he was keen to stay in the job when his current three-year term expired. "I hope I can stay to see the day when all lawmakers are directly elected," he said, referring to 2020, when all functional seats will be abolished.

Emily Tsang