Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 4:01am

We will know today if CY will keep his promises


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 TVB’s Straight Talk 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.

It is make-or-break day for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Today, he can blow his critics out of the water with a maiden policy speech so bold in its rejection of the old order that it leaves Hongkongers gaping. Or, the man who promised change during his election campaign can today be exposed as a fake. When he last went to the Legislative Council, he double-talked and dodged his way through what was billed as a come-clean session on his illegal structures. After missing the ball that first time, he gets to swing his bat again. But he needs to know it's two strikes and he's out, not three. The only way he can deflect the rabid attacks is with radical new policies so in tune with the people that their applause drowns out the critics. But now that he's the chief executive, does he have the guts to be the bold leader he promised? People are disgusted when the Forbes rich list says our tycoons have become wealthier by yet more billions while the pay of ordinary Hongkongers stagnated. Did Leung talk big to get elected or did he mean it when he promised change? We will know today.


Nothing swell about the growing Hong Kong throng

Is Public Eye alone in being horrified by what HSBC's Greater China economist Donna Kwok wrote in this newspaper a week ago? Kwok boasted that by 2015 mainland arrivals to Hong Kong will swell from last year's 31 million to 50 million - more than four million a month. That's more than half our current population of seven million. Where are the wider pavements and roads, increased MTR and bus services, and expanded border checkpoints to accommodate a "floating" population of four million? Kwok boasts that the visitors will spend HK$55 billion a year here. But who will benefit? Not ordinary Hongkongers. In the 10 years since Hong Kong relaxed entry rules for mainlanders, the median pay has increased only by 10 per cent. There is a limit to how many people the city can handle. Can no one else hear the ticking time bomb?


Chinese big wig judges should ditch headgear

Public Eye is all for the fine common law tradition Britain bequeathed us. But to all our judges and barristers we say this: dump the stupid white wigs and robes. They look ridiculous, especially when worn by Chinese men and women in a Hong Kong that is now part of China. Yesterday's front-page picture of everyone in wigs and robes made us laugh.


Hey, Jackie Chan, don't let America corrupt you

Someone really should tell ageing movie star Jackie Chan that the more he opens his mouth, the more he makes a fool of himself. Just weeks after his idiotic comment that the government should decide what people can protest about, he says the United States is the world's most corrupt country. The US is no angel, but the world's most corrupt country? Public Eye has a suggestion for him: stop making movies in the US. Surely, it would be immoral to line one's pockets in the world's most corrupt country?