Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is toning down his British civil-servant demeanour to present a more Chinese image. He wore a Mandarin-style coat for the Lunar New Year meeting of the Executive Council. This year he chose burgundy for the cover of his first SAR budget. After delivering the speech in Cantonese, he showed off his Putonghua during a radio phone-in, and he certainly wasn't stuck for words when a listener accused the Government of practising socialism. His Putonghua is impressive, but he needs more practice, which he should get when he visits Beijing to meet the top officials next week. With all eyes on her better half, the low-profile Selina Tsang was in her usual seat in the public gallery while 'Choy Yeh' (a homophone of Mr Money in Cantonese) announced his financial blueprint. She was also wearing a Chinese-style suit. And, as she has done for all three of her husband's Budgets, she wore an outfit with a colour to match the colour of the Budget document. Following his ill-fated attempt to get elected in 1995, Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing is sparing no effort to top the May poll. On Tuesday, after the party's central committee meeting to decide the candidate line-up, an apologetic Mr Tsang told reporters: 'I'm in a dangerous situation in my constituency so I must rush. I've got three functions to attend.' He disappeared, leaving vice-chairman Cheng Kai-nam to conduct the briefing. Mr Cheng, also defeated in 1995 but prepared to face the hustings again, is not going to let over-confidence get in his way. Asked to comment on his election chances, he said: 'I am troubled.' But why? 'Everyone says I will win for sure. This is not a desirable sentiment at the beginning of the election.' Has his party leader been sharing some past electoral experiences with his ally? Let's hope they don't get too close to the water . . . Two members of the Society for the Protection of the Harbour are political adversaries: Citizens Party leader Christine Loh Kung-wai and urban councillor Jennifer Chow Kit-bing. The pair were already rivals for the May election when Ms Chow persuaded the municipal body that a section of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which included a short film by Ms Loh, should be cut out and screened at a handover anniversary function instead. They met again on February 10, when the society lobbied provisional legislators to strengthen the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance. No untoward incidents have been reported. The word from Discovery Bay is that its much-vaunted lifestyle is under threat. Expats are increasingly grumbling about leaking roofs, window seepage and rusty pipes in their nearly new flats and houses, but no one is too sure who to complain to. Management staff say: 'See the construction company.' But in Disco Bay the developer is Hongkong Resort. The builder is New World, which subcontracts to a third company. Work is then sub-sub-contracted to smaller firms. This means day labourers on a site often don't know who they're working for. The residents' magazine Around the Bay deplores the 'appalling' lack of legislation governing precise areas of responsibility. 'Are the captains and kings of the development trade so powerful that no one in Legco has yet raised the question that may put the building trade on its right path, like anywhere else in the world?' fumes an editorial. 'One can't really blame Hongkong Resort for passing the buck . . . as long as the law allows them to.'