Tien's priorities: a case of natural selection?
The pro-Beijing camp's anti-Occupy Central march last Sunday was supported by tens of thousands of Hongkongers, including the leaders of the New People's Party and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong - but Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun decided not to let it affect his vacation. That was all too apparent when Tien posted pictures of him visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, in Mexico, on the eve of the march; and pictures of him on Ecuador's Galapagos Islands the day after the march. Tien told the Post that he won't be back in Hong Kong until next Wednesday. But that didn't mean the Liberals were taking a vague stance on Occupy Central, as Liberal lawmakers Vincent Fang Kang and Tommy Cheung Yu-yan were at the pre-march rally in Victoria Park. And Tien, Fang and Cheung all signed the anti-Occupy Central petition organised by the Beijing loyalist Alliance for Peace and Democracy.
Pan-democrats guilty of name-dropping
When pan-democratic lawmakers held a press conference to display their pledge for political reform yesterday, reporters were wondering why only 26 signatures were attached to the vow - there are 27 pan-democratic lawmakers. Where was Wong Yuk-man, one of the "radicals" known for his filibustering? "Oh, we were not able to contact him," said Frederick Fung Kin-kee, convenor of the pan-democrats' weekly "lunch box" meetings. That afternoon, All Around Town had no trouble contacting Wong, who was travelling with his grandchild in Taiwan. "This is ridiculous. I didn't get any calls or messages from Fung. Why didn't he call my assistant?" And did he wish to sign the pledge to vote against a government proposal for electoral reform in 2017 if it fails to live up to international standards? "I don't know yet. They've got to explain to me what exactly these standards are." It looks like the 26 other pan-democrats have some work to do to get the 27th back on board.
Ambrose Lam sticks to his mainland schedule
Before he resigned as Law Society president on Tuesday, Ambrose Lam San-keung had been invited to meet top Beijing officials in Shenzhen tomorrow. Lam told All Around Town he would still attend, as scheduled. That should come as no surprise in light of the resignation speech that followed a vote of no-confidence in him sparked by his pro-Beijing remarks. "I reserve my right to express my views over matters of public concern pertinently," he said.