FINANCIAL Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is still suffering the consequences of being stitched-up by his senior colleagues last month. They managed to poach a favourite protege from his office and have still not provided a replacement. Mr Tsang owed Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang a favour. So he had no choice but to say yes when she told him that Secretary for Economic Services Stephen Ip Shu-kwan desperately needed Mike Rowse to be Commissioner for Tourism, after the failure of an open recruitment exercise. Not that the Financial Secretary was happy about losing the 'enforcer', who has carried out his orders to whip the bureaucracy into being more business-friendly as head of the Business and Services Promotion Unit. So Mr Tsang demanded that a replacement be found to head the unit before Mr Rowse took up his new post. Mrs Chan and Mr Ip reportedly agreed - and then hastily announced Mr Rowse's move to Commissioner of Tourism without bothering to find a successor. A month later, his old post remains unfilled. When concerned legislators asked about this last Wednesday, Mr Ip promised a solution within a few weeks. But that seems unlikely, as there is still no sign of any suitable successor. In the meantime, Mr Rowse has to shuttle between his old and new posts. And Mr Tsang is left without a full-time 'enforcer' just as his corporatisation plans are bringing tens of thousands of angry civil servants onto the streets. Mrs Chan also seemed to be cashing in favours when she offered to sing to help raise funds for the Hong Kong Journalists' Association at its annual gala on Friday. Among those so anxious to offer donations that they did not even wait to be asked was Director of Broadcasting Cheung Man-yee, who doubtless still recalls how Mrs Chan spoke out strongly in support of RTHK's editorial independence last year. So too was businessman Dr Helmut Sohmen, who once argued she should be Chief Executive. After that, donations of at least $10,000 apiece poured in from other politicians and businesses, who clearly did not want to be on the wrong side of Hong Kong's iron lady. But it was all in a good cause. Despite her protestations, Mrs Chan proved to be a surprisingly good singer as she crooned her way through a popular love song from the late Taiwanese star Teresa Tang. One of the few not donating at the gala was Cathay Pacific, whose table was conspicuously empty throughout the event. With the pilots dispute having been settled only hours earlier, the airline's management clearly had other things on its mind. Or perhaps they have no money to pare until the pay cuts starting flowing through to the bottom line. The Chief Executive's special adviser, Paul Yip Kwok-wah, spoke eloquently about high technology at the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce last week. Pentium III, the Internet, computer viruses posed no problems for Mr Yip. But he was lost for words when one elderly businessman jumped up and asked him: 'Why do we need one country, two systems now that we are part of China?' After a prolonged pause, Mr Yip could only mutter: 'That is a good question.'