Fiery government critic Li Wei-ling may have grumbled publicly about her transfer from a popular morning current affairs programme to a less prominent evening talk show on Commercial Radio, but it's unlikely Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung will be complaining. Before Li was replaced as host of On A Clear Day by her boss Stephen Chan Chi-wan, So's morning routine included checking whether Li had rung him, a person close to the commerce minister said. "A typical morning for the secretary started in this way: he would arrive at the office at about 7am, would read some news clippings, and then check if Li had asked him to do a phone-in for the talk show. If she had not called that day, he would be happy enough." Presumably, So can now start his days on a more pleasant note without having to worry about such morning bombardments; Chan, who is the radio station's chief executive, is known for his milder style. Tanna Chong
Frosty reception for CY's new media man
The appointment of former Democrat Andrew Fung Wai-kwong as the government's point man for media relations has drawn misgivings from across the political spectrum, and it has also drawn comment from a pro-business lawmaker: Fung is not welcome. "If he comes looking for me, there is no way I will entertain him," the lawmaker said on condition of anonymity. He said he had previously worked with Fung at a community service group and claimed he lacked media experience. The lawmaker also sneered at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's suggestion that his cabinet was in good form, with most vacancies being filled. He said Leung was addressing the quantity, not quality, of his officials. Tony Cheung
Got any more of those juicy details, Mr Li?
Li Ka-shing's revelations about his conversations with the kidnapper of his eldest son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi last week have been explosive in political circles. A week after Guangzhou-based Nanfang Media Group published the interview, juicy details of the dealings between Asia's richest man and "Big Spender" Cheung Tsz-keung are still a hot topic of discussion - including Li saying the gangster approached him a second time after receiving HK$1 billion in 1996. But one Beijing loyalist wondered if Li had told the full story. "Did he give Cheung any cash in this second encounter? What led to Cheung's arrest? These are intriguing details, but apparently he has not revealed the whole story." Pray tell, Mr Li. Tanna Chong