A tricky question for former journalist He has been criticised for lacking political sensitivity. Some have also said he has trouble grasping the details of policies. But six months after assuming office as undersecretary for transport and housing, former journalist Yau Shing-mu said his media background had given him an edge over his civil service colleagues. 'Being a journalist, I was used to seeing almost anyone. That makes me unafraid of meeting public housing residents and taxi drivers,' Mr Yau said. In that case, why did he refuse a request to phone a taxi drivers' leader at the height of a drivers' strike over fare increases - a decision for which he came in for severe criticism from legislator Leung Yiu-chung? 'While, of course, I wasn't happy about being criticised, I believe it was not personal,' Mr Yau said. So what has he learned since becoming part of the establishment? 'I used to ask tough questions as a journalist, but now I know answering the questions is the difficult part.' Lost: mobile with direct line to top officials Don't be surprised if you pick up a mobile phone that carries the numbers of John Tsang Chun-wah, the financial secretary, and other big names in Hong Kong politics. It could belong to Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin, who has confessed to losing his phone last week - though he hasn't a clue where. Asked what would happen if the contact numbers of people such as Mr Tsang were leaked, Mr Wong said: 'Many people have the name Tsang Chun-wah ... Yes, I did put down their full names but without their official titles.' Mr Wong has, though, assured Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen that he is the last person who need worry about receiving midnight calls from strangers. 'I didn't have Donald's number,' he said. Barred lawmaker recalls his lonely New Year Democratic Party lawmaker Wong Sing-chi yesterday described how he had endured his loneliest ever Lunar New Year thanks to the Macau authorities, who denied him entry to the city last month. Mr Wong and his family were among a group more than a dozen strong who had been holidaying on the mainland. They decided to go to Macau after a friend of a friend assured him he could arrange accommodation at the Venetian for them. Having been ejected from the former enclave via Zhuhai, Mr Wong said he went to bed early, there being no one to celebrate with. Meanwhile, his family and friends enjoyed a stay in the Presidential Suite and Princess Suite at the Venetian. Legislative councillors questioned the secretary for security yesterday about why pan-democrats were being refused entry into Macau, but Chim Pui-chung, the lawmaker representing stockbrokers, had something else on his mind. Mr Chim asked the government to consider the feasibility of allowing lawmakers to use the VIP channels at immigration counters. Security chief's aide takes title literally Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong may be secretary for security, but does that mean aides can act as if they are members of an elite bodyguard squad? In trying to prevent a news reporter approaching Mr Lee as he left Legco, his press officer repeatedly stuck out an elbow to force the woman against a wall.