Regina Ip gets ‘leg up’ in chief executive race by showing off blue boot on radio show

NPP chair also mocks fellow contender Carrie Lam over toilet paper revelation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 4:11pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 11:07pm

In what was yet another bizarre moment for the city’s chief executive contenders, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee yesterday lifted her leg above the table of a live radio programme to show off her boots.

The New People’s Party chairwoman was in the middle of a Facebook Live session with radio host Stephen Chan Chi-wan. The two were having a light-hearted chat during a break on morning talk show On a Clear Day.

Chan said Ip’s blue sweater matched her handbag and shoes, and asked her to show the boots to the audience. Ip agreed and raised her left leg above the table. “I love playing with fashion,” she said.

Ip bought the boots from Italian label ASH at high-end department store Lane Crawford two years ago for more than HK$1,000, her assistant said.

On the same radio show last week, Chan asked fellow chief executive contenders, former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and former Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah to take off their glasses to show the audience “a different side”.

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Meanwhile, Lam’s recent bizarre revelation that she made a midnight dash from a serviced apartment in Wan Chai to her official residence at the peak for toilet paper continued to be used by rivals to mock her for being out of touch with regular civilian life.

Regina Ip shows audience her bag and shoe

“When I went to a nearby convenience store, I realised they didn’t sell toilet paper ... so I had to return to my official residence,” Lam revealed on Sunday.

When asked what she would do if she faced the same situation, Ip said: “I would use tissues if there was no toilet roll.”

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Fellow chief executive contender Woo Kwok-hing also weighed in, uploading a video of barrister Joseph Lam Chok saying no one would have believed what Lam had said.

A spokesman of Convention Plaza Apartments in Wan Chai, where Lam moved to after resigning as chief secretary, said free toilet rolls were given to tenants who subscribed to their maid service.

“But even if the tenants did not subscribe to that plan, we would still offer assistance should they make a call to our 24-hour hotline,” he said.

“We understand [Lam] might not be fully aware of [the service we provided] given her short stay here,” the spokesman continued.

When asked about Lam’s taxi ride, an amused Secretary for Environment Wong Kam-sing said it was important for people to keep a low carbon footprint.

“It’s not appropriate for me to comment on certain chief executive candidate’s [habits],” he said. “But I think in our daily lives, a low carbon lifestyle is important.”