Carrie Lam will quit, predicts soothsayer
Leung Chun-ying may have caught many by surprise when he won the top job in dramatic fashion last year, but soothsayer Edward Li Kui-ming saw it coming months before the poll.
In his recently published Tung Shing, or divination guide, for the Year of the Snake, Li is making another wild prediction: Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor could step down in 2-1/2 years.
Li says in his 2013 guide that Lam will quit and leave for England between 2015 and 2016, as revealed by her "horse star". He adds that Lam and Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah are not destined to become the Chief Executive.
He also predicted that Leung will finish his term, as long as China's new leaders Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang remain in power. Yet the master is coy on who will become the city's next leader, reserving the tip for next year's guide book.
Leung, a purported closet communist who believes in dialectical materialism, and Lam, a Catholic, would surely reject such superstition. But time will tell.
Long Hair not about to lose low-rent home
When C.Y. Leung promised in his policy address that the Housing Department will step up their efforts to combat the abuse of public rental housing, his supporters had this to say: Kick out radical lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung from his Kowloon Bay home.
"Long Hair" Leung rents a flat in the Kai Yip public housing estate, and the biggest pro-government party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, questions whether he should still be there since he is earning more than HK$84,000 a month as a lawmaker. He was elected in 2004.
Leung replied that the government has been checking his bank account, but since he donates most of his salary to his party, the League of Social Democrats, he has only about HK$90,000 in assets. It is much lower than the HK$600,000 asset limit for a single to rent a public housing unit. He says he is not worried about losing his home.
Ann Chiang not afraid to cross swords
Government-friendly lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan said yesterday that she did not regret her outspoken style.
Chiang was being asked about crossing swords with radical lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung on Tuesday in a Legco panel meeting.
The lawmakers were debating the policy address, when Leung questioned the abilities of Urban Renewal Authority chairman Barry Cheung Chun-yuen.
Chiang complained that Leung was out of order as his accusations had nothing to do with the policy speech.
That sparked a heated three-minute exchange between them in which Chiang asked Leung to "shut up", and Leung hit back, asking whether Chiang was out of her mind. The pair ceased fire only after lawmaker Abraham Razack told them to get out of the room if they wanted a fight.
Yesterday, Chiang said she must "speak for justice" and will continue to complain if Leung "goes too far". "I have to draw him back … and no colleague has asked me to stop doing so," she said.