It's official: Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is finally going to become a grandfather.
To mark the joyous occasion, after being teased by lawmakers during a lunch at the Legislative Council yesterday, a smiling Mr Tsang went shopping at a jewellery store to choose his favourite collectible - Rolex watches.
During the lunch, hosted by Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai to mark the start of the legislative year, Liberal Party vice-chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee told journalists the news after showing pictures of her own grandchildren to Mr Tsang.
'Oh, I envy you,' the 63-year-old chief executive said. Mr Tsang, who has previously said each couple in Hong Kong should have at least three children, has long declared his wish to have grandchildren since his elder son, Simon, married Vivian Mok in 2003. Both of them are doctors.
While Mr Tsang would not confirm the sex of his future grandchild, he was clearly pleased when walking from the Legco building to a neighbouring mall to select watches.
It has been his practice to buy watches to mark important occasions. He bought two Rolexes following his election as chief executive in 2005, saying: 'If one's value can be preserved and become timeless, it's quite an achievement.'
The Chief Executive's Office said it would not comment on Mr Tsang's personal affairs.
Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun said he had known the news for some weeks, and believed the baby was expected to be born before the end of January - the time the birth of his own second grandchild was expected.
'I have not yet taught Donald how to play with one's grandchildren. What I usually do is to hold the baby only after he is well fed. Whenever he cries, back to the mother,' Mr Tien said.