HK firms in delta unfazed by saline tides Hong Kong businesses in the Pearl River Delta remain unruffled by frequent saline tides that hit the western part of the region last year, although some factories say they have stocked up on fresh water just in case. The delta had more saltwater tides in 2005 than in previous years, affecting supplies of fresh water in some parts of the Xijiang, or West River. But most Hong Kong businesses in the region - mainly concentrated in the eastern areas such as Dongguan , Huizhou and Shenzhen - say they were not affected as the problem mainly occurred in western areas. Some factories in Zhuhai say they have stocked up with fresh water in case the problem worsens. Managers believe the government could bring in freshwater relief from reservoirs upstream. Customs officers grab $4m cigarette haul Customs officers at the Man Kam To checkpoint seized 2.66 million illicit cigarettes from an incoming lorry. The seizure was worth about $4.36 million and had duty potential of around $2.15 million. The cigarettes were hidden under food in the cargo compartment. A 38-year-old male driver was arrested. Commerce chief silent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology John Tsang Chun-wah refused to comment on news reports suggesting he would be heading the chief executive's office. He said the reports were purely speculative.