Hammering away at the noise laws It was 9am on Easter Sunday when the construction site jackhammers started. Public Eye tried calling the director of environmental protection. Her name is Anissa Wong Sean-yee. She makes about HK$2 million a year in pay and perks, compliments of you, the taxpayer. But she was nowhere to be found. Her home number is not listed. She probably doesn't want to be disturbed on her days off. All good civil servants need to rest up for the hard work they do. Public Eye's only choice was to call the police - yet again. We had called on Easter Saturday when the jackhammers were also going full blast. The police came round, issued their usual friendly warning and left. The workers smiled, resumed their drilling, and were at it again the following day, and again on Easter Monday. That's three days in a row. We asked last week why the government even bothered with noise laws. One reader told us the Environmental Protection Department's own website admits our property tycoons treat fines as a cost of doing business. Here's the information we had wanted to supply Ms Wong during her well-earned Easter break: the construction site is on Wyndham Street directly opposite the LKF Hotel. Ms Wong, what you do with this information will show whether you serve the people in upholding noise laws or kowtow to the rich and powerful. Here's another tip. If the developers treat the low fines as a cost of doing business, raise them. And rescind their construction permits. Surely, those are no-brainers that highly paid and well-rested bureaucrats can figure out themselves. Trained to see, but not hear Here's something Public Eye can't figure out about the police. How come they delight in embarrassing innocent youngsters by stopping them for identity checks on busy street corners? How come they love to chase hawkers and haul them up to court to face fines? But how come they walk right past construction sites where developers routinely break noise laws? And how come they nab jaywalkers but not drivers who honk continuously while stuck in traffic jams? Are our police trained to see but not hear? A politically correct house of God ... Church-shopping? That's right, folks, America's first black president, Barack Obama, is shopping around for a suitable new church after being embarrassed during last year's election campaign by his former pastor Jeremiah Wright. Pastors in the US capital are lobbying the White House to choose their church. The First Couple have checked some out. But convenience is not the first priority. Politics is. The house of God need not be close to the White House. But the choice needs to be politically correct. Public Eye can't even imagine what God must be thinking. ... and a politically correct First Dog We may not be able to even imagine what God must be thinking about Mr Obama's church-shopping but Public Eye can definitely imagine what some mortals must be thinking about the president's new dog: why choose one that is black and white? The Washington Post describes the Portuguese water dog as having 'tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee'. We can understand the president's predicament. A completely black dog would have sent the wrong message. So would a totally white one. But Public Eye is of the opinion that if he's serious about political correctness he needs to get a dog that is black, white, brown, yellow and bisexual. Does such a creature exist? Unprintable in any form Remember that piece Public Eye did last week about a new law allowing Afghan men to demand sex from their wives at least every fourth night? Well, one reader saw our comment as anti-western. Here's how his response begins: 'You disgusting piece of filth. You disgusting piece of c**p. The rest of the lengthy e-mail is, unfortunately, unprintable in any form. Public Eye apologises for the self-censorship.