IN difficult economic and political times in Hong Kong there is always one section of the community which can be relied upon to have a Lunar New Year break at your expense . . . all in the name of civic duty, of course. Step forward the Urban Council's Albert Lai Wing-lin and Wong King-cheung, who led 24 students dubbed 'Urban Council Ambassadors of Hygiene' on a five-day fact-finding tour to Singapore to compare its germs with those in Hong Kong. We trust everything came up smelling like roses. Surely the money spent could have been put to better use - for example, on blankets for the elderly who are freezing to death during the cold snap.