Privacy becomes a hot commodity What is the hottest toy among politicians and corporate big-wigs in the region these days? Anti-spy-camera detectors. We read with amusement that these electronic devices were selling like hot cakes in Malaysia this week, and many among the 1,000 shoppers were quite influential. It all followed the resignation of former health minister Chua Soi Lek, who admitted to appearing in a widely circulated sex DVD. For US$70, consumers can buy a device that detects CCTV cameras and hidden mobile phones within a radius of 10 metres. According to the New Straits Times, several prominent Malaysian businessmen and politicians have been using the device in their hotel rooms on trips to the mainland. We made a few calls to the offices of some tycoons in town and found them rather unguarded in this area, which is strange given the prevalence of paparazzi in the city. We also called some electronic appliance stores, but they did not have the item in stock. Try Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po, we were told. But if you see an initial public offering for hidden camera detectors in the future, don't be surprised. The device could prove more popular than high-definition TV. Peregrine memories Even the long-time tea-lady was having fun at the 10th anniversary of Peregrine's collapse on Wednesday night. She was present in the biggest gathering of former Peregriners with about 70 showing up at a very local restaurant in Wan Chai. She got free admission, thanks to a smart idea from bankers. Senior bankers, who were classified as platinum class, paid HK$2,000, while most other traders, bankers and analysts were in gold class paying HK$1,000 each. Silver class was mostly back-office staff who paid a minimal fee. A lot was said in the four-hour gathering, and we give them some privacy this time. A repeated message shared by most speakers was that 'we get old, and we are getting older, so we should try our best to retire early'. Finally, 50 bottles of wine were popped, and everyone reminisced about a nice experience from the past decade. Going for gold Bank of East Asia is not known for being sporty, but it is taking its first step by sponsoring the national fencing team at the Olympics. Its mainland subsidiary, Bank of East Asia (China), emerged yesterday as the main sponsor for the team, clinching a two-year programme with the Chinese Fencing Association to foster fencing talent. One of the highlights of the sponsorship was the offer of 'SupremeGold accounts' to Olympic contestants Tan Xue (left), Li Na and Wang Lei, in the belief that once their financial needs are taken care of, they could focus on training for the Olympics and going for gold. Last-minute addition Among those in the financial delegation to the Middle East led by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, one profession clearly omitted was the financial public relations field. That perhaps explains why Citigate Dewe Rogerson executive director Suki Yau Suk-yee decided to join the heavyweight delegation at the last minute. Ms Yau is no stranger to bankers as she was a banking reporter for most of the decade. She is better known as the campaign manager for Mr Tsang's election and re-election. She was one of only two female delegates required to dress fully covered from head to toe, the Middle Eastern way. The other high-profile woman was Laura Cha Shih May-lung, representing Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corp. Defending our heritage To spa or not to spa, that is the question. Leading spa and resort operator Banyan Tree is looking to build a spa facility in Hong Kong with Sun Hung Kai Properties. The joint venture is looking at Sham Chung, a spot in Clearwater Bay listed as a 'site of special scientific interest' under natural heritage protection. Although many Hongkongers would love to have Banyan Tree here and save a few hours of travelling to Thailand, there are as many who do not want to see their natural environment spoilt. Tough call for the government.