Ex-minister admits love for Korean alien drama
The revelation by China's anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan that he was a fan of popular Korean drama My Love from the Star raised some eyebrows during the National People's Congress in Beijing. But the 65-year-old official is not alone: former secretary for economic development and labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan has emerged as another unlikely fan of the drama about an actress's romance with an alien.
A well-known gourmet, the former minister revealed in his weekly food column that both he and his wife have been watching the drama. After writing more than 1,000 words to describe his Michelin-starred French culinary experience at the Jockey Club - on which he spent HK$1,700 - he said: "[After] taking photos with the master chef I rushed home with my wife to watch [My Love from] the Star as we munched on fried chicken."
Seems the former top official is an even bigger fan than Wang, as he has even picked up a junk food habit - much like the leading character in the drama. Tanna Chong
Mystery illness of Kuk chairman Lau
There were worries about 77-year-old lawmaker Lau Wong-fat's health when he told officials that he would miss yesterday's breakfast meeting on political reform because he was "ill".
However, questions were raised about the Heung Yee Kuk chairman's non-attendance at the gathering with Beijing's liaison office representatives when he showed up at a Legislative Council meeting in the afternoon. Apparently in good spirits he was well enough to query the transport minister on "malfunctioning" train services. It turned out that Lau had also chaired a Heung Yee Kuk meeting yesterday afternoon.
Lau attributed his no-show to simply getting old. "It was not any particular illness, just the usual health problems which plague old people," said Lau, who turns 78 in October. Tony Cheung and Tanna Chong
Close race predicted in Sunday's by-election
An exciting by-election looms on Sunday in the South Horizons West constituency of Southern District Council, where a former beauty queen, a legislator and a protégé of a pro-government heavyweight will fight it out.
Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai is uncertain of his chances in the middle-class constituency given the 12-vote margin of victory secured by the last winner, former Democrat Andrew Fung Wai-kwong, who resigned after becoming the chief executive's information co-ordinator. Sin said his rivals, both young women, stood a good chance.
"[Former Miss Hong Kong finalist] Erica Yuen Mi-ming is extremely hard-working. She can be seen in the neighbourhood day and night… touring around the restaurants," Sin said, adding that Judy Chan Ka-pui, a protégé of executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, also had support from the local residents' association. Tanna Chong