And that's no comment in all languages …
Law Society president Ambrose Lam San-keung was unrepentant when asked about a video of him refusing to answer a reporter's question in English spread rapidly in recent days, receiving thousands of views. "I have no comment, I am having my dinner," the head of the city's biggest lawyer's group said when contacted by All Around Town on Tuesday. "There's [nothing I can do] if people want to make a big fuss out of it … You would understand the situation if you were there." The video shows an excerpt from an ATV World report on Monday night. In it, an anchor starts by saying: "The Law Society unveiled its proposals for democratic reform today, but we won't be reporting it because of the attitude on display during the press conference." Another anchor continues: "Instead, we want to make a point here, and show you how increasingly difficult it is these days for English newsgathering in Hong Kong." A TVB Pearl reporter, of Chinese ethnicity, was shown asking Lam about the society's attitude to Beijing's requirement that candidates for chief executive be "patriotic". "I already explained it in Cantonese, sorry about that," Lam replied. When the reporter asked for it in English, Lam insisted: "I already provide the answer, thank you. You can translate." Former society president Junius Ho Kwan-yiu said: "I was sent the YouTube video too. It's a matter of individual choice." Law Society press releases were bilingual, he added. Legal-sector lawmaker Dennis Kwok said he had received complaints about Lam's remarks.
DAB should claim glory for discovery of relics
Come election time, political parties are eager to tout what they have achieved for local residents. All Around Town has found one thing that the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong can claim credit for at the next poll - albeit perhaps inadvertently. The discovery of a trove of relics dating back as far as the Song dynasty (960-1279) around the site of the To Kwa Wan station on the MTR's Sha Tin to Central link may never have happened had the DAB not campaigned for the station to be built on the site. Back in 2009, the DAB campaigned for a station closer to Sung Wong Toi; Starry Lee Wai-king, a district councillor who has since risen to become an Executive Council member and "super seat" lawmaker, said such a station would service more people. Had her patriotic party forgotten that the Sung Wong Toi boulder was a monument dedicated to Song-era emperors who sought refuge here, or did it foresee that the work would lead to big, historical discoveries?
Lawmaker cries foul over spilt milk
Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing has accused radical rival and League of Social Democrats chairman "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung of starting a storm in a - literal and metaphorical - teacup. At yesterday's Legislative Council meeting, Leung renewed his row with Wong over who was to blame for the adjournment of the previous week's meeting, which was stopped because the quorum was not met. Leung again blamed Wong, saying he saw the unionist "drinking a cup of milk tea in Legco's antechamber" rather than coming to the meeting, a claim Wong denies. Wong said he had, at the time, been writing in his capacity as housing panel chairman, to ask housing minister Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung to send officials to the panel's meeting on Monday to discuss a Housing Society rent increase. He said the letter had a result, as Cheung sent permanent secretary Stanley Ying Yiu-hong to attend. And Wong had a trump card when it came to the question of the milk tea. In fact, he hadn't drunk milk tea or anything else with milk in it since 2004 - because he is allergic to milk.