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Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 4:23pm

CY's double-talking outshines his good deeds


Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.

And the winner is? Yes, it's time for Public Eye's annual Name and Shame Awards, now in its sixth year. Who best deserves our 2012 Shame on You Award? Many would say Chief Executive CY Leung for hiding and then lying about the illegal structures at his home. What made it even more shameful was the way Leung savaged election rival Henry Tang Ying-yen for trying to cover up a luxurious illegal basement while he was hiding his own illegal structures. But after weighing Leung's crimes against his good work on pressing social issues in his first six months as leader, Public Eye concluded he doesn't quite qualify for the Shame on You Award. He has acted to cool the property market, increased the old-age allowance for seniors, blocked mainland women from having babies here, and cracked down on parallel goods traders. Leung better deserves the Shiftiest Double-Talker Award for the way he dodged, delayed and double-talked for months, instead of coming clean on his illegal structures.


Officials who are overpaid and underachieving

Public Eye's Shame on You Award goes instead to our overpaid bureaucrats who have let another year go by as families continue to live in squalid subdivided flats. We gave the same award to them last year when they promised swift action but did nothing after nearly 20 residents of subdivided flats died in a building collapse and two fires. Hong Kong's bureaucrats are the highest paid in the world after Singapore. Yet our air quality sucks in comparison to Singapore. Elderly people haul cardboard boxes to survive. Families live in caged beds and subdivided slum flats while Singaporeans enjoy spacious public housing. Bureaucrats, we say: shame on you.


Karate Kid Chan just does not get Hong Kong

Wasn't it wonderful to see so many Hongkongers out in the streets yesterday protesting for and against CY Leung? Fading movie star Jackie Chan wouldn't agree. He says Hong Kong has become a city of marches and wants the government to curtail our right to protest. The freedom to protest is a core value which Hongkongers will defend at all cost. If Chan, a Hongkonger, can't understand that, then he's a disgrace to our city's good name. There was only one contender for our Jerk of the Year Award, and it very deservedly goes to Jackie Chan.


Sky-high prices for our skyscrapers

No shame list is complete without our greedy property tycoons and landlords who have driven prices and rents to absurd levels. Where else would you see even car park spaces selling for HK$1 million? To all these vultures we confer our Gods of Greed Award.


A breath of (fresh) air in HK's polluted atmosphere

Public Eye makes an exception this year and names someone for praise. To Christine Loh Kung-wai, who has been saying all the right things about fighting our filthy air since being appointed environment undersecretary, we confer the Name and Praise Award.


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Michael : being a columnist is not an enviable job. No matter what you write you will offend half your readership. Sometimes what you write I want to cry our "here here" and a few times I have emailed you to commend what you wrote. Other times I disagree completely. But that's life . It would be boring if we all agreed on everything
But in this case I think you got it more or less correct, except that as per rvto you missed out Legco who I think are the biggest load of **** south of the Shenzhen river. They waste their time and our money by trying to sabotage everything CY is trying to do to make up for the ground lost by Donald Tsang's 6 years of "I'll get the job done" meaning "I will do nothing to rock the boat = total inaction "
Yes indeed CY has played a few tricks, but then politics is all about tricks, and can you imagine the next few years under H. Tang esq. ? Heaven help us . CY at his "worst" is far better than Henry at his " best"
I just hope and pray Christine Loh will ignite a nuclear bomb under the EPA's nether regions and blast them into some real action .
In the naming and shaming game, lets not forget to mention Legco. Instead of taking the lead, as in a democracy should be done, they only play the role of joker. There more important issues than a wall in a house of the elected or candidate CE, as for example landfill alternatives, air pollution, general pension scheme for elderly, working conditions. Checking the working of the government department is also a issue to do, this to avoid problems as illegal structures in the future.
This is where I sometime have a problem with you Michael. You seem to want to put entertainment ahead of reality. OK, we get you think that we have overpaid bureaucrats, but they actually have very little to do in the way of policy formulating and have to wait on policitcal leaders to order them to do something. It's fun thought isn't it, not to lay the blame for all the ills of our society squarley at our elected and unelected Gov't but at the door of the workers (overpaid or not). It's also easy as they are not allowed to defend themselves, i.e. they are not policians in the way that some journalists feel they can be.
@"No shame list is complete without our greedy property tycoons and landlords who have driven prices and rents to absurd levels."
Yes, but you should have included property agents who have also participated in this conspiracy.
@ Christine Lo "who has been saying all the right things about fighting our filthy air "
Yes, but talking 'aint going fix nothin. We need firm action against traffic congestion. ( the REAL cause of road-side pollution). There has to be a 'big stick'...... carrots are not going to work. And "waiting for a 'concensus' from the stake holders" .... this is just the usual excuse put about by bureaucrats after doing nothing!


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