CY compared to failed Qin dynasty warlord

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 July, 2014, 4:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 July, 2014, 4:30am

CY compared to failed Qin dynasty warlord

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, one of the pro-establishment camp's wittiest politicians, recently wrote a thought-provoking article on the failure of Xiang Yu, a Qin dynasty warlord. In his June 30 blog entry, Tsang noted that Xiang, who was more competent than his arch-rival Liu Bang, once had the upper hand in battles. But "Xiang failed because he was overconfident and headstrong", Tsang concluded. His indictment was echoed by fellow Beijing loyalist and Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun. While Tsang did not draw any parallels with today's politicians, Tien gave his two cents' worth, saying: "[Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying is like Xiang Yu. Leung is very headstrong and not many competent people are willing to work for him." The erstwhile supporter of Leung's rival in the 2012 chief executive election, Henry Tang Ying-yen, also compared Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to Liu, as she enjoyed a good relationship with parties across the political spectrum. Would Tien be, by any chance, urging Lam to lead a revolution to topple a "corrupt regime" like Liu did? Gary Cheung


Tables turned on 'Occupy-bashing' poll

There has been more Occupy Central-bashing, this time from the Banking Employees Association, a subsidiary of the pro-establishment Federation of Trade Unions. The association yesterday trotted out a survey it conducted last month on 156 banking employees that purportedly "backed up" its criticism of the pro-democracy movement. The problem was, that was not exactly what the poll results showed. Only 35 per cent of those polled were worried the civil disobedience campaign would affect their work, and just 15 per cent said they were already feeling the pressure. Less than half had concerns about being laid off if the main commercial district was paralysed and bank businesses were hit. The figures were not mutually exclusive; that is, the same respondents could have answered yes to all three questions. Asked if the study in fact showed many banking workers were not worried about the campaign, association spokesman Tam Kin-sun said: "Maybe our members do not feel the imminence of the campaign yet." One wonders how representative a 156-subject survey is, given that the association has over 6,000 members, and banks in Hong Kong have about 100,000 employees on their payrolls. Phila Siu


'Long Hair' told to put on trousers for meeting

Having been forced to get his hair cut while behind bars recently, lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung has cried foul over another "act of discrimination" in a Legislative Council meeting yesterday. Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing ruled that Leung - who was wearing a pair of shorts - was "not properly attired" to attend the meeting after pro-establishment lawmaker Elizabeth Quat made a complaint against him. "If our lady colleagues can wear skirts that show their knees, I can't see why I'm not allowed to wear shorts that show my knees. This is discrimination against men's right to dress as they wish," said the angry League of Social Democrats lawmaker, who threatened to apply for a judicial review into Tsang's decision. But he complied with Tsang's order to change into trousers in order to join the meeting. If Leung indeed plans to file a judicial review, he might be heartened to know that in 2008, real estate-sector lawmaker Abraham Razack also attended a Legco meeting in shorts. Razack had rushed to the chambers to cast a vote on a motion on political reform. Joyce Ng