Those expecting further dramatic revelations had to wait until the afternoon of the inquiry's first day. Discussion of witnesses' statements and drab debate on the history of polling activities at the University of Hong Kong left sensation seekers decidedly short-changed during most of the morning. But when pollster Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu finally took the stand a little later than scheduled he did not disappoint. At the start, there was a surprise when inquiry chairman Mr Justice Noel Power named seven more witnesses to give evidence, but most were quick to ask the panel for better time slots to testify as they were about to start their holidays. Special adviser to the vice-chancellor Professor Cheung Yau-kai, who was booked on an evening flight, was allowed to jump ahead of Dr Chung to be the first to take the witness stand. But all he could offer was that he did not have a real interest in Dr Chung's polls. He was not even sure what had been discussed in one of the meetings with the vice-chancellor and other pro-vice-chancellors in January. All eyes were on Dr Chung when he took the stand in the late morning, choosing to give his evidence in Cantonese. He began by stating he was born in Hong Kong, graduated from the Diocesan Boys' School and started at the university as a counselling assistant at the then appointment services centre. The 'public gallery' had almost emptied by the time the pollster came to tell the panel the history of the university's social science research centre, where he started his polling career in 1987. Dr Chung also agreed the pace of the inquiry was 'a bit slower' than he had expected. About two-thirds of the audience, including some of the new witnesses, who attended during the morning were noticeably absent for the afternoon session, during which Dr Chung said that after he was warned to stop publishing opinion polls, he modified his work by avoiding some controversial topics. He also said publication of the review of his centre's polls was halted as he was not sure if he should disclose 'management interference'. Proceedings were enlivened when regular heckler at public forums and debates Chris Tsang Chi-ping was barred from entering the chamber in the afternoon after he kept yelling outside that he was a friend of 'chief justice Mrs Pamela Chan [Wong Shui]'. Mrs Chan, head of the Consumer Council, is one of the inquiry panel members. At the end of the day, the inquiry took time to deliver but it eventually did - and there's still a long way to go.