Look who is in Legco president's good books

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 4:25am

It seems lawmaker Steven Ho Chun-yin is the one whom Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing most appreciates among the new faces at the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Ho, who represents the agriculture and fisheries sector, was "quite good and hard-working", Tsang said at a media gathering on Tuesday.

Asked whether DAB's outspoken Ann Chiang Lai-wan was a good lawmaker, Tsang replied: "She has her own style … But I appreciate Ho's more."

Being outspoken may be a matter of style, but this characteristic raised controversy recently when DAB barrister Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok slammed League of Social Democrats lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung for not being "a f***ing Chinese" in Legco earlier this month.

Tsang declined to say whether Ma would be punished for using a vulgarity in Legco, but said "all political parties should always strive to improve the quality of their members".

Tony Cheung


Lincoln gets thumbs up from local leaders

Not only did former US president Abraham Lincoln abolish slavery in his country, an Oscar-winning film about him also provided inspiration to Hong Kong's top politicians almost 150 years after his death.

Legco president Jasper Tsang says the Steven Spielberg creation, Lincoln, reminds him of the merits of good leadership.

"Lincoln is a good speaker and a humorous man," he said. "He also had a close relationship with his people and colleagues."

But Tsang evaded the question of whether local leaders including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should learn from Lincoln.

Executive councillor and lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee earlier said in a separate event that she enjoyed "meaningful movies" such as Lincoln.

Tony Cheung


New citywide clean-up campaign in the works

It has been a decade since then chief secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was appointed to head the government's Team Clean, set up to encourage better public hygiene after the 2003 Sars outbreak.

Ten years on, the idea has been recycled: lawmakers Gary Chan Hak-kan and Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen put forth the suggestion of relaunching the citywide clean-up campaign at Legco's spring reception.

Those who heard the conversation said Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor were both "very positive" about the idea.

Lam even said such a campaign would "come soon", although it was unclear who would lead the initiative.

Joshua But