Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao's sudden decision to replace its chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to with a Malaysian journalist has stirred the city this week. As the newspaper's former workers joined its employees in filing a petition demanding an explanation from the management, All Around Town discovered that IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok was also once a member of the staff.
"I was working in CIM group, which was owned by the then Ming Pao owner Yu Pun-hoi," he said. "Then I was assigned to move to the newspaper's headquarters in 1994."
Mok said his most memorable task was developing Ming Pao's website. "We were competing with Sing Tao Daily to be the first Chinese newspaper to launch a website," he said. "But in the end, both of us claimed to be the winner." Jeffie Lam
Minister 'laments' loss of undersecretary
Constitution minister Raymond Tam Chi-yuen seemed a happy man as he accompanied his undersecretary Lau Kong-wah on Sunday to hand out leaflets in Aberdeen to promote the public consultation on political reform. But in a forum with the business sector on Tuesday, it appeared Tam still misses working with Lau's predecessor Adeline Wong Ching-man.
At the forum, Chinese Manufacturers' Association president Irons Sze said he had "learnt a lot about the city's political system" since Wong took over as the association's chief executive six months ago. "But it was a great loss for me," Tam joked in response. Tony Cheung
Scrambled messages in egg-throwing case
Did Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying take last month's incident in which Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah was hit by an egg at a forum too seriously?
After a protester threw the egg at Tsang's head, the finance chief said: "Luckily I'm not wearing a good suit today."
Later, when he was asked by journalists whether he thought the real target of the prank could have been someone else, a stern Leung, who was seated beside Tsang, interrupted to advise him not to respond to the question.
However, a government source insisted Tsang had already decided not to make any further comment as he realised that two men who were arrested for throwing eggs could be subsequently charged for their actions.
The two have indeed since been charged on suspicion of common assault and disorderly conduct. Gary Cheung