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Liberals to set record for the most top posts

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 January, 2013, 4:40am


The Liberal Party is poised to set a record in local politics with changes planned as its new chief Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee takes the helm. It will soon become the party with the most top posts, if its plans to create three new deputy posts go through. Aside from Chow as chief, the party currently has two vice-chairmen - lawmakers Vincent Fang Kang and Felix Chung Kwok-pan - and two honorary chairmen - former chief Miriam Lau Kin-yee and party spokesman James Tien Pei-chun. If the three new posts are created, the Liberals will have five vice-chairmen, two honorary chairmen and a chief, making it the local party with the largest number of top posts. The current record is held by the Beijing-loyal Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which has one chairman and three deputies. Chow said the three new vice-chairmen, when appointed, would be responsible for bolstering district work and grooming young talents.

Hotpot dinner during stand-off with police

Protesters in Tuesday's march against the chief executive had a creative way of staving off hunger and the cold during their stand-off with the police. Anti-CY Alliance demonstrators cooked hotpot and brewed hot tea in the middle of Pedder Street in Central late last night while surrounded by dozens of police officers. One of the protesters had brought camping cookware with him on the march. The man prepared some spicy fish balls in the hotpot, but they were apparently not fully cooked. League of Social Democrats activist Tsang Kin-shing offered one to a policeman, but was rejected.

New NPC deputy warns against chaos in Legco

New local deputy to the National People's Congress, Chan Yung, might have come across as liberal-minded when he said democratisation in Hong Kong could set an example for the mainland. But he also reminded Hongkongers that chaos in the Legislative Council might do just the opposite if it reminds mainlanders of the decade-long Cultural Revolution in the '60s and '70s. "Democratisation in Hong Kong should set an example for the mainland. But if Hong Kong's legislature and model of democracy becomes chaotic … like in the Legco nowadays where we don't have rational discussions but just throw [things] and use verbal violence, the mainland will not learn from us even if they wanted to," he said. "They will say instead: 'Oh, we have already seen plenty of violence during the Cultural Revolution, so why should we learn from you?'"