The Communist Party that never was

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 4:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 April, 2014, 4:33am

The Communist Party that never was

As the city's largest pan-democratic party, the Democratic Party has frequently come under fire, with its party mascot, a pigeon, becoming a popular subject for parody. But the founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming revealed the party could have been launched with a very different name back in 1994. On Commercial Radio yesterday morning, the veteran pan-democrat admitted he had wanted to name the group the Hong Kong Communist Party - yes, the Communist Party, as in the one ruling China. "The Liberal Party isn't liberal," said Lee of the pro-business party. "It's just a name, but it would be great seeing the Communist Party blaming itself." Regardless, no-one in the party agreed with him. Tanna Chong


Government channels drama series on reform

Although the frenzy over Korean drama My Love from the Star seems to have faded, the government still wants to ride on the popularity of the romantic drama to promote its electoral reform. In a new round of publicity campaigning, the government has launched a series of videos to show on KMB buses called My Rationale from the Suffrage (that's the literal title in Chinese; the official English title is Let's Talk about Universal Suffrage) to reiterate its position on electoral reform, with the first video featuring executive councillor Bernard Chan.

A person from the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau who is familiar with the production, said the upcoming episodes will feature other prominent social figures including former Exco member Dr Leong Che-hung and Henry Tang Ying-yen - the former chief secretary who lost the chief executive election in 2012. Where is the winner, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who has been conspicuously absent in the electoral reform consultation ends on May 3? Tanna Chong


'Playing it safe' with the cost of Basic Law

Although mainland officials had reassured lawmakers that there should be no problem for them to receive copies of the Basic Law as gifts during the Shanghai trip over the weekend, information technology representative Charles Mok has decided to declare it in the lawmakers' register of interests anyway.

On the Legislative Council's website, it was revealed that Mok declared yesterday that he has "visited Shanghai on April 12 and 13, and received a copy of the Basic Law … from Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Wang Guangya , which costs 22 yuan."

Mok explained that he was just "playing it safe", but his colleague from the Professional Commons and accountancy sector, lawmaker Kenneth Leung said he would not follow Mok's example.

"According to our rules, you don't need to declare gifts which only cost 22 yuan," Leung said.

He said all of the 52 lawmakers who attended the meeting in Shanghai on Sunday received a copy of the book.

Lawmakers are required to declare benefits and advantages who costs more than HK$10,000, as well as election donations and financial sponsorships. Tony Cheung and Jeffie Lam