Chief's mice comments bring squeak of protest A lawmaker's name came to his mind when Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen talked of clearing mice from Government House. During a luncheon with lawmakers yesterday, he told Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, who attracted media spotlight earlier this year for her successful measures to catch mice in Mong Kok, that some mice had already been caught in the garden of Government House but one succeeded in escaping. However, the legislator said Mr Tsang was not asking her for help. 'He said he got used to living peacefully with the only one left in Government House,' she said. Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah did not appreciate the chief executive's humour, saying that the jokes he told lawmakers were in bad taste, as the government was facing the more serious business of addressing the economic downturn and bringing home Hongkongers trapped in Thailand because of the anti-government demonstrations. Tough action urged on chamber miscreants Controversies arising from League of Social Democrats chairman Wong Yuk-man's banana-throwing in the Legco chamber last month never seem to die. Ip Kwok-him, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, told a Legco committee on house rules yesterday to set punishments for those who misbehave during future meetings. This should include forfeiting of salaries for three months and banishment from Legco meetings. Mr Wong said the proposed amendments were pointless. 'This is a political question, not a question of the rules,' he said. Market mantra resurfaces a decade on When banana-throwing was still unheard of in Hong Kong's political culture, the most radical form of protest during the height of the financial crisis in 1997 was the then street activist - and now legislator - 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung's banner-waving in the legislature's public gallery. Political Animal could not but notice how times had changed yesterday when Mr Leung's 1997 dictum - 'The government saves the market, but not the people' - was recited by a Beijing loyalist to John Tsang Chun-wah during a meeting when the financial secretary briefed lawmakers on how the government had created jobs to tackle the financial crisis. Instead of Mr Leung, who is not even a member of the financial affairs panel, the Beijing-friendly Federation of Trade Unions' Wong Kwok-hing, whether consciously or unconsciously, made the same allegation. 'Saving the market is important. But saving the people is more vital,' he said.