Alan Leong to pen tales from campaign trail The contrast could not be more revealing. Newly re-elected Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen shut down his election website immediately after a post-victory bus tour. But the website of loser Alan Leong Kah-kit remained up and running as of yesterday. It also has emerged that the losing team was more keen to leave behind a legacy of the failed but historic election bid. Mr Leong and his team are putting together two books on their campaign, which are scheduled to hit stores in the summer. Organisers hope the twin tomes will be a big attraction at the annual book festival in August. One will contain short articles penned by active players from the pan-democratic camp. Some are expected to reveal untold stories behind the campaign, including invisible pressure from mainland authorities during the Election Committee subsector election. The other, not surprisingly, will feature Mr Leong and his incredible journey. Tsang's fresh faces likely to be old hands Mr Tsang may be genuinely keen to inject young, fresh faces into his next cabinet, but government officials are betting their boss will have to turn to retired senior civil servants to fill the ranks. One of the hottest bets is on Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, who retired as permanent secretary for economic development and labour last month. He is tipped to succeed John Tsang Chun-wah as director of the Chief Executive Office. John Tsang, the chief executive's right-hand man, is a top contender for the post of chief secretary. Political Animal is reliably told Mr Cheung has been keeping himself well positioned to prepare for a new, bigger role in the next Tsang administration. Mainland official seeks a divine answer Last year it was Buddhism. The theme of an annual religious gathering in China this year was Taoism. Will next year's session feature Catholicism, providing a window of opportunity for a historic papal visit to the mainland? This was the question posed by a Hong Kong journalist to a mainland official in charge of religious affairs on the margins of a Taoist forum in Xian . Looking unimpressed, Qi Xiaofei, deputy director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said this would hinge 'upon the revelation of God'. Dissident remembers DAB's good deed When it comes to an expression of gratitude, it is never too late. Mainland dissident Chen Ziming has taken advantage of his visit to Hong Kong to say thank you to Gary Cheng Kai-nam, a co-founder of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, for a helping hand 12 years ago. Mr Cheng, then the DAB's secretary-general, wrote to the vice-minister of public security of the day, Tian Qiyu, to ask that Mr Chen's bank account, frozen since 1995, be reactivated. The account was unfrozen shortly after the DAB's petition. 'The DAB's letter really made a difference, particularly because the party is Beijing-friendly,' Mr Chen said, adding that he has promised to buy Mr Cheng a meal when he visits Beijing.