Public opinion polls might be helpful in backing up politicians' proposals for the government, but the latest effort by lawmaker Elizabeth Quat, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, has failed to impress even her pro-establishment colleagues.
On Tuesday, Quat announced that in a survey of about 950 residents, 35 per cent picked the traditional Lunar New Year blessing - "as energetic as a dragon and a horse" - as their biggest wish for the Year of the Horse, while 16 per cent hoped for harmony in general, and 13 per cent for a comfortable home.
"The DAB suggests that the government must seek to boost the economy … and increase resources to improve medical services," Quat wrote on her social media page.
Her fellow pro-establishment Sha Tin district councillor, Lee Kam-ming, asked how the poll was relevant to Quat's job as a lawmaker. "The survey is quite special," Lee said. "But I don't know whether this is needed for her work."
Report of paper's death exaggerated
The Lunar New Year break enjoyed by pro-Beijing newspaper New Evening Post has been so long that some people thought it had closed down. In East Week magazine's latest issue, it was reported that the newspaper had recently "disappeared without a sound" following the closure of controversial free tabloid Sharp Daily last year. A shocked Post chairwoman Jennifer Ha Ping rejected the suggestion. "We started our Lunar New Year holiday on January 29 … shoppers will see [the paper] again on February 17." The title was relaunched as a free newspaper two years ago after it closed down in 1997 but now costs HK$5. It is available at VanGO convenience stores and by subscription said Ha, who refused to give circulation figures.
CY's spin doctor: nice work if you can get it
All Around Town is almost certain that Andrew Fung Wai-kwong has landed one of the best jobs in town. Not only is the former Democratic Party district councillor paid HK$175,000 a month as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's information co-ordinator, he is also enjoying his first holiday - less than two months into the role. Not many workers are granted leave before the end of their probation period - usually three months in the private sector and up to three years in the government.