All Around Town, October 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:09am

Former chief secretary has not lost his touch

Former chief secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung, notorious for dodging controversial questions and responding scathingly when attacked, has not lost his touch. Speaking publicly for the first time since his political departure - at the University of Oxford in England where he is studying theology - Lam was asked about the alleged influence of the Communist Party in Hong Kong. "According to a book, the current chief executive, the president of the Legislative Council and you, Mr Lam, are members of the Communist Party," said a student from Hong Kong. Lam responded: "It would be very odd that some such member is reading theology in Oxford [as the Communist Party is officially atheist]." Tanna Chong


Adrian Cheng makes Fortune business list

New World Development executive director Adrian Cheng Chi-kong has made Fortune's list of business stars aged under 40. He is the only Hongkonger on the "40 Under 40" list, which includes Google's Larry Page and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Cheng, 32, is the grandson of billionaire tycoon Cheng Yu-tung, who founded the New World Development empire that includes the Chow Tai Fook jewellery retailer. Cheng, who launched the hip K11 mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, also recently accepted Tate Modern's invitation to join its Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee. Jennifer Cheng


People Power man 'just more capable'

A new sign of co-operation across the political spectrum within the Legislative Council emerged after People Power's Wong Yuk-man beat pan-democratic colleague Charles Mok to retain the chairmanship of Legco's panel on information technology and broadcasting. The pan-democrats, except People Power, had earlier reached a consensus that Mok, representing the IT sector, would be panel chief for the next two years. But Mok got just seven of 19 votes cast in Tuesday's election, losing to Wong with 11 votes. One lawmaker cast a blank vote. As the panel is made up of 11 pan-democrats and nine pro-government lawmakers, it is likely that some pro-government lawmakers voted for Wong. But Wong dismissed a suggestion he won because he "co-operated" with the pro-government camp. "I won … because I am more capable than Mok," Wong said. "The pan-democrats secured their chairmanships in [four] other panels after discussion with the pro-government camp, so was that 'co-operation' too?" Tony Cheung