Press pack hounds hapless chief executive at post-policy address Each year, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce invites Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to give a post-Policy Address briefing to the great and the good of the local business community, followed by a question and non-answer session. This year's event, again playing to a packed hall at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, began with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of Asia's Boxing Day tsunami. 'Who was the moment of silence for - Zhao Ziyang?' asked one clueless late arrival, referring to the former premier who spent the last 15 years of his life under house arrest and died yesterday. At which point it was explained that Mr Tung, not to mention the pillars of Hong Kong's business community, would probably not go within a mile of a memorial for a Chinese Communist Party pariah. **** Later, and thinking the working press was safely cordoned off in the back of the hall, Mr Tung's hosts selected a question from the floor - inadvertently picking a journalist at the South China Morning Post's corporate table. 'I thought it [is] only professionals and business people [who are here],' Mr Tung said after the questioner had identified himself, revealing perhaps what he really thinks of the journalism profession. Another question came, also inadvertently, from the Dow Jones corporate table, where an Asian Wall Street Journal reporter reminded Mr Tung that media organisations are also large employers - 'so, you see, we do have a right to be here'. She then pointedly asked about political reform in Hong Kong - or, rather, the lack of it. And if all that were not enough for the luckless Chief Executive, he had to field yet another tricky question - one about Hong Kong's relentless air pollution - this time from an AOL Time Warner executive. **** Lai See's tactless-remark-of-the-month award goes to the HKGCC speaker, who shall remain nameless, who referred to Hong Kong's 'economic tsunamis'. It was not the same thing, really. In fact, not even remotely the same thing. **** In sum, as tedious as this year's session was, HKGCC members can perhaps take some comfort in the fact that there will only be two more years before Hong Kong gets a new Chief Executive. Until then, however, we wonder if this annual luncheon is really worth the traffic disruption it causes on Harbour Road. keeping up with the tsangs It's getting harder and harder to keep up with the Tsangs. We refer, of course, to the family of Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Mr Tsang's brother, former police commissioner Tsang Yam-pui, joined New World First Bus after his retirement in December 2003 and also serves as a NWS Holdings director. For a while, at least, the former commish drew down two monthly salaries - $200,000 from New World and a further $180,000 from the force (separate from his pension) - owing to the large backlog of leave days he had accumulated. Then, yesterday, it emerged that Standard Chartered Bank is promoting Mr Tsang's sister, Katherine Tsang King-suen, to chief executive for China. Never mind that Ms Tsang is a human resources professional. Welcome to the club, Katherine. On an unrelated note, we wonder who New World and StanChart think Hong Kong's next Chief Executive is likely to be. hitting a flat note For many newspaper readers, burying their heads in the morning news is a blissful escape from the din at the family breakfast table or the hurly-burly of the morning commute. You really don't want your newspaper adding to the morning cacophony, do you? But that's just what Sing Tao Daily readers had to endure yesterday, courtesy of a lift-out advertising supplement for Sun Hung Kai Properties' Oceanfront residential development. Opening the supplement set off a loud, tinny music-box rendition of the song Free as the Wind. Then, again, success does speak for itself. SHKP recently sold 130 units at the development for about $500 million.