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  • Nov 23, 2014
  • Updated: 9:30am
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Greg So takes the ‘ice bucket challenge’ to thaw relations with HKTV boss Ricky Wong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 August, 2014, 5:14pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 August, 2014, 3:42am

An international charity challenge took on a political flavour in the city yesterday, with the head of the Hong Kong Television Network getting a chilling revenge on the man who poured cold water on his broadcasting dreams.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung became the first top official to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge, at the instigation of HKTV boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay. Environment minister Wong Kam-sing will follow suit by having a bucket of iced water plunged over his head today.

But Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and constitutional affairs minister Raymond Tam Chi-yuen have declined, pledging to make donations instead.

The challenge - accepted by everyone from Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to soccer ace Cristiano Ronaldo and singer Taylor Swift - is intended to raise awareness of, and money for, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or motor neurone disease.

Participants must make a donation and challenge three others to take part, with those who decline giving more money.

A spokesman for the Chief Executive's Office said Leung would give US$100 to the American ALS Association, instigator of the challenge, and HK$10,000 to the Hong Kong Neuro-Muscular Disease Association.

So accepted the challenge from Ricky Wong, with whom he has had a testy relationship since HKTV's bid for a free-to-air licence was rejected last year.

"I want to thank Ricky for nominating me," So told reporters before drenching himself at Tamar Park, Admiralty. "There were different views at times. But the most important thing is communication... here I would like to cite the phrase 'old qualms disappear like melting ice'."

Wong and political assistant Michelle Au Wing-tsz will take on the challenge this afternoon after being nominated by lawmaker Kenneth Leung.

Leung's name was put forward by Civic Party lawmaker Dr Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, who also challenged Beijing's liaison office chief Zhang Xiaoming and pro-establishment march organiser Robert Chow Yung. Chan hoped a drenching would give the trio "cool heads to work in Hong Kong's interest".

And pan-democrats have also been challenged. Beijing-loyalist Leticia Lee See-yin called out media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang and the Civic Party's Claudia Mo Man-ching after her soaking yesterday.

Other big-names soaked for charity include film star Andy Lau Tak-wah and, last night, Chinese University Vice-Chancellor Professor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu.



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My wild guess on the reason why Ricky nominated Greg was that, Ricky wanted Greg to know how he felt when he first heard of the result of TV license granting. Ricky just wanted to ask for more empathy from Greg. '一盤冷水照頭淋' Obviously, he does not want a 'second round'. Wishing HKTV a great success.
So grassroot taxpayers in HKG pay dearly for this kind of muppet & puppet to do the clown show?
And nobody ever have a second thought about that? Can a treated-like-a-dog female Indonesian Muslim maid tell her Tiger Mom boss that she has to be off for half a day but with paid to do some charity thing because she probaly can stir the attention and donation from her fellow Muslim sisterhood? Did this type of hugely overpaid but largely unworked civil servants ever apply to their boss, us the taxpayer, for half a day "no-paid" leave first?
What an Asia's Han Chinese society HKG has become! Did the same highly paid, politically worshipped Singaporean civil servants do the same to kill some time and waste some taxpayers' hard earned money?
Thank goodness a piece of faeces didn't roll out and hit him in the face!
As good as donations are, 100 dollars really is nothing given how much public money these people get paid, say for example giving up your pay for the month would be much much more meaningful.
Nice gesture Greg. Thawing relations as in the popular Chinese idiom but then the photo seems to state something entirely different ie 'pouring cold water'. Hopefully, Greg really means what he says.


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