C.Y. Leung lives up to one of his pledges
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying might be taking fire for not realising the promises in his election manifesto, but at least he fulfils his pledges to his kids. His younger daughter, Leung Chai-yan, recently uploaded to Facebook a picture of her cuddly Lufsig toy, promised to her by her father. The Ikea toy based on the big bad wolf became a popular symbol of protest last month when one was thrown at Leung, long characterised as a cunning "wolf", at a meeting. As shoppers cleared the toy off the shelves of local stores, Leung made light of the protests, posing with a Lufsig toy on his desk and writing on his blog that it was a gift for his daughter. By posting the picture, it seems 23-year-old Chai-yan is getting over the painful memory of the toy - and accompanying verbal abuse - thrown at her father.
Lawmaker's horse play grabs attention
The Lunar New Year holiday sees reporters' mailboxes and smartphones flooded with seasonal greetings from companies, lawmakers and even officials. Many of the recipients simply ignore the messages and e-cards, which prompted Ben Chan Han-pan, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, to find a novel approach to saying "happy Year of the Horse". He sent out a one-minute video clip containing pictures of him doing community activities, all to the dulcet tones of his - shall we say, interesting - singing voice. Set to the theme of a popular Japanese cartoon series, the lyrics - apparently penned by Chan and his team - focus on how Chan seeks to be a "diligent, responsible, courageous and capable pony" serving his constituents in New Territories West. "There's a clear path ahead and he wouldn't stop, and a bright future ahead is expected for him," the lawmaker croons, before wishing the recipient the best for the year ahead.
Beijing loyalist enjoys Qing history lesson
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor seemed unimpressed when a schoolboy cited the failure of reforms in the last days of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) to urge her to heed public views on electoral reform, but Beijing-loyalist lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung took a different view. "At least it's better than those kids who only know about criticising and using abusive language," said Tam of Form Five pupil Kwan Ka-leung. In a public forum on Sunday, Kwan urged Lam to look at how the Qing court responded to public calls for a constitutional monarchy before it was overthrown in 1911. The court appointed a cabinet but, as Kwan recalled: "Since most of its 13 members were Manchus or royals, it only aroused more opposition." Kwan suggested that Beijing and Lam learn a lesson and give the public more of a say in nominating candidates for chief executive in 2017. Lam said that while Kwan was "a good history learner", the analogy might not be helpful because the central government was sincere about democracy in Hong Kong. Sceptics might wonder if the Qing overlords said much the same thing.