Public Eye

Time for C Y to stand up and take it like a man

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 3:19am

Exactly a week ago Public Eye urged Leung Chun-ying to stand tall, come clean on his illegal structures and move on. We're still waiting. Hong Kong desperately needs a strong chief executive with the moral authority to lead. Leung's moral authority vanished soon after his election win with the many revelations of his illegal structures. Cover-ups were not possible even during the Watergate era. How can they be possible today, with an ever-more-aggressive media? It is truly baffling why politicians never understand that once the tip of an embarrassing truth emerges the whole truth will emerge. When will Leung realise the only way he can salvage at least some of his lost moral authority is if he tells the whole truth? Why can't he understand that every time the media unearths more of the truth it further discredits him? Leung said he will answer unanswered questions at the right time. Surely, that time is now? The city deserves a leader who can inspire, and fix our many problems. Leung promised to be that leader. But he spent the past five months climbing down a hole instead of up. True leaders take their punches standing up. Can he?

Stop spending our money to tell us what to think

Brainwashing you with your own money - that's what the government's top propaganda man says he has a right to do. Public Eye is astonished people aren't kicking up more of a stink. Shiu Sin-por's startling remarks about using the secretive Central Policy Unit - which he now heads - as a tool to influence public opinion should have scared us all. Yet opposition legislators kicked up surprisingly little dust. Be warned - silence effectively clears the way for the government to use public funds and airwaves to manipulate public opinion. You've all seen those idiotic government announcements of public interest, or APIs, telling Hongkongers to do everything from washing hands to loving their families. Such announcements have always been non-political - especially because TV and radio stations are forced to run them for free, under licensing conditions. But two blatantly political ones began airing recently, changing the very nature of APIs. They urge viewers to side with the government on the Old-Age Living Allowance and new towns in the New Territories, which some legislators oppose. Both are purely political ads rather than APIs under the intended meaning. When challenged, Shiu said the government had every right to fight back in the public opinion war. Is he even thinking straight? Opposition politicians aren't making TV and radio stations run taxpayer-financed politics ads. They don't have such powers even though they were elected by the people. But our unelected government does. Shiu can fight back all he wants, but not by manipulating public opinion with the people's own money.

Cooling measures have only tamed the madness, John

Don't be duped by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's latest double-talk about what a wonderful job he has done to cool our insane property market. He boasts that his latest cooling measures have "stabilised" prices. What does that mean? Prices jumped more than 20 per cent in the past 10 months alone. Even he admits that's loony. When he says prices have stabilised, he doesn't mean they have dropped back 20 per cent. He just means they are at the same insane level, but not getting any loonier. So enough of the double-talk. Homes can only become affordable if prices drop, not just "stabilise".