Eaten the snakes? Now buy the T-shirt

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 3:15am

It certainly won't give Hong Kong's comedians anything to worry about, but the city's biggest Beijing-loyalist party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, is showing its sense of humour.

It's having a little laugh at itself after criticism that its frequent feasts are a somewhat cheap way to woo voters.

Its Lunar New Year stall at Victoria Park from February 5 will feature a new jokey slogan and will even sell T-shirts emblazoned with it.

It goes: "It's not just about the snake feasts, vegetarian banquets, biscuits and rice dumplings."

Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Chris Ip Ngo-tung said: "It is to ridicule ourselves.

"Such banquets are popular. We have never made a secret of them. [The slogan] lets people know … we still do lots of other work in a wide range of areas."

At the other end of the city's political spectrum, the League of Social Democrats, "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung's party, will also set up a stall.

DAB vice-chairman Horace Cheung Kwok-kwan brushed off fears the two stalls could clash.

Colleen Lee


Life imitates art as film star gets top mission

Hong Kong movie star and director Stephen Chow Sing-chi is back in the news - not in the showbiz section, however, but in the political columns.

Chow has recently been appointed a member of the Guangdong provincial Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference - the provincial government's top advisory body.

It reminded internet users of his 1994 James Bond parody From Beijing with Love. Chow was co-director and played the lead role as an incompetent Beijing secret agent who poses as a hawker in Hong Kong.

Chow's character, known as 007, is told: "The country has a mission for you." To which Chow responds: "After all these years, I thought my country had forgotten about me."

While it is now certain that Chow himself has not been forgotten by mainland authorities, his movie fans will be watching with interest to see what advice he has for the provincial CPPCC meeting due to be held in the coming weeks.

Tony Cheung


New-look CY site is chip off the old blog

Coinciding with the policy speech, the Leung Chun-ying supporters' blog "CampHK" announced an overhaul yesterday and a new name - the "Speak Out" website.

Blog administrators said they intended to create "a rational platform in which the ideas from different sectors converge to advise on Hong Kong's future".

However, as the Cantonese name of the page, gong yan gong dei, which means "a place to speak for Hongkongers", also shares the same Cantonese pronunciation as Leung's "Hong Kong property for Hong Kong residents" scheme in Kai Tak, it seems there's still a long way to go until the page can be perceived as politically neutral.

Contributors of the blog are also primarily Leung supporters, such as Kaizer Lau Ping-cheung and Dr Chow Pak-chin.

Tony Cheung