Regina Ip declares junk junket on Facebook

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:47am

Ten lawmakers and an executive councillor who went on a Cathay Pacific junket to France have faced a barrage of criticism from those who say the trip may have created a conflict of interest. Perhaps to avoid the same accusation, New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has declared on Facebook that she went boating in Sai Kung on Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun's yacht over the weekend. "Mr Tien had invited lawmakers from different groupings, but only I was free, so he was generous enough to suggest that my daughter and a few assistants should come as well," Ip wrote. She posted pictures from the outing, and said she would declare her interest to the Legislative Council Secretariat. It was understood that Democratic Party lawmakers - including chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing, Sin Chung-kai and Wu Chi-wai - also took a boat trip with Tien this month. Tony Cheung


CY takes a leaf from Donald Tsang's book

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has been described by political observers as being keen to distinguish himself from his predecessor, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. But his office appeared to be borrowing one of Tsang's tactics when it posted a job advert on the government website recently. The ad called for a "research executive" - bringing to mind Tsang's method of hiring young talent as "special assistants" and grooming them for future political work. Candidates should have a local university degree, a good command of English and Chinese, and good knowledge of current affairs and the government's organisation. The new recruit will be paid up to HK$47,290 a month for assisting in policy research and formulation; gathering public opinion; analysing policies; organising promotional campaigns; and drafting speeches. Leung's office is also looking for an information co-ordinator - in other words, a top media aide to replace June Teng Wai-kwan, who left on August 1 citing health reasons. Tony Cheung


TVB drama a triumph for Civic Party member

TVB drama Triumph in the Skies II may have given Civic Party member Jeremy Tam Man-ho a rare chance to build up his political support. Tam, a pilot, set up a Facebook page to point out inaccuracies in the series about a fictional airline, and the page attracted more than 10,000 likes. He said he hoped to capitalise on the popularity of his page and turn it into support for his pan-democratic party. "It was a surprise that the page attracted not only pilots and flight attendants," Tam said. "We hope to continue to engage these people even after the drama ends to keep quality discussion on the aviation industry … and broaden support for the party, of course." Tanna Chong