'Upset' CY will never throw in the trowel
It's no secret that the current chief executive, Leung Chun-ying loves gardening, fitting in some time to tend his plants even when he is otherwise tied up with a busy schedule. But few have been able to taste the fruits of the top man's endeavours - particularly the ones from the soil of Government House. Former chief secretary David Akers-Jones is one of these few.
"Yes, he does his gardening. He takes it as an interest," Akers-Jones told All Around Town. "He always gives me [produce] from his garden, so I come away with a lot of fresh vegetables."
Akers-Jones, a keen supporter of the chief executive, said he touches base with Leung every five or six weeks. However, he sidestepped a question of whether the city's leader was concerned about the progress of political reform amid vows to veto the government's proposals from the pan-democrats.
"He looks very upset in the photograph on the South China Morning Post's front page (on Tuesday)," he said.
Tung takes gentle step back into the limelight
It felt like time had ticked back to the old days when the city's first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, stepped back into the media limelight yesterday.
Tung, now a vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, attended his first press conference since he resigned from the hot seat in 2005 due to osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease.
Throughout the conference, which lasted more than an hour, the 77-year-old looked in good shape and full of energy. In his opening remarks to the assembled media, he said it was nice to see new and old faces.
Apart from giving his support to Beijing's framework for the city's political reform, he also answered journalists' queries about his health and whether he was planning to take a more active role in politics.
He seemed to answer both of those questions when he responded: My health "is much better now since I have more time to do a lot more exercises every day. But I still have some problems if I need to stand too long - like today."
Ronny Tong awaits Legco day of judgment
Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah looked like he was in tears when he learned on live television of Beijing's stringent framework on political reform, but he finally calmed down and vowed to stay on in the Legislative Council to veto the political reform.
Tong is considered the "naughty child" in the party he co-founded, and received lukewarm responses from allies for his moderate reform proposal.
He issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that his decision to remain in Legco could not "simply be dictated" by his personal feelings and he would not lightly give up his election pledges and ideals.
However, Tong dropped hints that he would not actively get involved in debates on electoral reform. "I shall, from now on, concentrate on my work on social issues in Legco and await the day of vetoing the government's resolution on political reform," he said.
Tong added that he would not take any media interviews for the time being.