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Taoist omen warns Hongkongers to beware of 'wicked people'

Fortune-tellers interpret unlucky 95 as meaning CY's policies may fail and he may face turmoil

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 9:39am

Hongkongers were warned they faced "wicked people" and obstacles in the Year of the Snake, after one of the unluckiest possible omens was drawn in a Taoist ceremony yesterday.

A stick bearing the number 95 was drawn by Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat at Sha Tin's Che Kung Temple in the annual ritual. The prediction for stick 95 says: "In a splendid carriage you embarked on your journey. Today, you came home barefoot. Is it that you failed the imperial exam? Or did you lose all your gold in business?"

It reminds Hongkongers to "beware of wicked people", and says "nothing is going well".

Mak Ling-ling, one of the most famous fung shui masters in the city, said the stick could be saying the policies put forward by the government could fail although they sounded glamorous in the beginning.

"It could mean the government's strategy was not right. It might be confident, but there are obstacles," she said. She did not think "wicked people" was a specific reference.

This is the third bad-luck stick to be selected in a decade; following one in 2003, when Hong Kong was hit by the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak, and another in 2009, when it was hit by the global financial turmoil.

Chu Ling-ling, a fortune-teller at the temple, said the stick meant uncertainties would trouble the economy. The horse carriage in the verse was a reference to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was born in the Year of the Horse, she said.

There would be political turmoil, and although Leung would not fare too badly in the first half of the year, he could face trouble towards its end. "Leung needs to change his way of doing things. He should refrain from being too tough, and he needs to rebuild his credibility, so people will trust him again," she said.

Lau tried to put a positive spin on it, saying: "Hong Kong will continue to be prosperous and stable ... An unlucky stick could be good, too."

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's first Year of the Snake baby, a girl, arrived at Union Hospital in Sha Tin at 0.17am on Sunday.


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Some Chinese have stupidly superstitious in praying. Let us face the fact to deal with the situation. Don't drop a stone on your toes.
I can't help keep asking who has the mandate to pick the fortune stick for Hong Kong and her people as a whole. I cannot be convinced that Mr LAU who being the rural leader to do this on behalf of Hong Kong people. LAU who himself is a person causes mixed comments on his own dealings. If not the CE who does the pick, then Jasper Tsang, the chairman of the Legco, can be considered a second best. In any event, not by a rural leader or a local dignitary.The worst scenario is why bothered. We hold the fate and not to be influenced by whatever outcome of this game without scientific evidence.
A politically-motivated stick, if ever there was one. Just the right one to continue pestering the Chief Executive. Poor man.


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