Long-time friends? Not really, says Selina Perception is not always reality. The scandal over the mismanagement of the Tourism Board under its former chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee may be over, after an apology from her and a reimbursement, relating to a generous medical-insurance plan, from former executive director Clara Chong Ming-wah. Mrs Chow has been troubled by the widely held perception that she was instrumental in handing the top post to Ms Chong because they were long-time friends. However, this was simply not true, Mrs Chow said, adding that she came to know Ms Chong after she was named by an international head-hunting agency. Mrs Chow remains at a loss to understand when and how their names became closely tied together. The privilege of not running Having decided not to seek re-election this September, Democrats vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai is already planning a long-awaited summer vacation with his sons. As one of the few privileged Democrats with a home entry permit, Mr Sin and his family are heading to Beijing for the Olympics in August. Getting those most sought-after tickets for prime events is never a problem for the information-technology lawmaker. 'I am on good terms with some of the sponsors.' Mr Sin said. Who is that masked boy? As president of the Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association, insurance agent Samuel Yung Wing-ki is seen as a new star in the political arena. In March he was appointed a local delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Now he has been tipped as a possible candidate to succeed the insurance sector legislator, Bernard Chan, as the latter has announced he will not seek re-election in September. But Mr Yung said he had no plans to run. 'My teenage son said he didn't want his dad to become a public figure and if I stood in the election he would put on a mask when going out with me.' 'Clarification' falls flat A meeting of the Legislative Council's constitutional affairs panel would seem incomplete without 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung crossing swords with constitutional and mainland affairs minister Stephen Lam Sui-lung. Mr Leung yesterday complained he could not canvass inside private residential estates ahead of the September ballot, indirectly confirming his intention to run. However, as costs incurred might be counted as election expenses, the rebel lawmaker swiftly 'clarified' that he was talking about the next district council elections - in 2011. Mr Lam seized the opportunity, saying Mr Leung would still have to give an account on his spending for district council elections.