Is an endorsement by Jackie Chan a promotion or a kiss of death? That is no doubt a question that shampoo manufacturer Bawang International needs to ponder seriously as it tries to change its fortunes. Results for the first half of the year were way below forecast and share prices promptly dropped almost 9 per cent on Thursday. Investments houses rushed to downgrade the company's share prospects. So, a little PR exercise is in order. The Hong Kong celebrity and Hollywood star, along with singer Faye Wong, has long been the shampoo's spokesperson. The 56-year-old star claims not to have a white hair on his head because of Bawang shampoo. His latest gaffe was a Twitter message rounding on people who criticised the Manila police's botched rescue operation: 'If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad.' His remarks upset enough people that at least three anti-Jackie Chan groups were started on Facebook and rebukes flowed in to radio call-in programmes. Not too long ago, Chan caused a furore by claiming Hong Kong people needed to be 'controlled' in front of many mainland luminaries. Chan reportedly has business interests in the Philippines. Seeing how Chan repeatedly gets on the wrong side of Hong Kong people, his much-touted popularity looks more like chimera than reality. In fact, given his pronouncements, we wonder whether he does not secretly despise the people of this city which has made him rich and famous beyond his wildest dreams.