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The Rubber Duck arriving in the harbour made industrialist Lam Leung think of manufacturing his ducklings again. Photo: Felix Wong

Paper talk, May 4, 2013

Rubber Duck

Someone has been harassing families living in the Tuen Mun Wu Hong Police Quarters, Tuen Mun. Last week, more than 300 households received in their mailboxes a 1,700-word letter purporting to be from the mistress of a policeman named Ah Kit. In the letter the writer tells the wife of this policeman that he is cheating on her and urges her to give him up. Since many policemen in the two blocks are called Ah Kit, the letter has caused many wives to suspect that it is their husband who is cheating on them.


More and more children in the city are suffering from different problems with their eyes, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, crossed eyes and lazy eyes, probably because they indulge too much in playing games on smartphones and tablet computers. In 2011, the Department of Health referred 3,114 children to optometrists for evaluation and diagnosis, an increase of 60 per cent from 1,941 in 2008. An optometrist said the actual situation might be worse than official department figures.


Two Hong Kong teenage students living in Luofang village in Luohu district, Shenzhen, have been attacked by young gangsters who are active in the village. In a video obtained by reporters, a teenage gang leader with golden hair and tattoos, together with his seven accomplices, is seen attacking the two students using beer bottles and knives, causing them to suffer injuries of different degrees. In another attack in the village by the same gang, a Hong Kong student had his testicles smashed by a concrete slab. All the victims said they did not know or offend the attackers.


While the inflatable giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman made a splash in the city, Lam Leung, 89, the industrialist father of executive councillor Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, made plastic duck toys in the city as early as 1947. The elder Lam decided to manufacture the ducks after finding the market dominated by celluloid dolls. Lam's ducklings look like that of Hofman, but are sold in fours. He said the popularity of the toy at that time exceeded his expectations. He is now thinking about using the original injection moulds to recreate the ducklings for charity sales.


The Girl Guides Association is accused of delaying the development of a prime plot of land in Jordan beside the Austin MTR station into its new headquarters. The government granted the association the site in 2009 in exchange for the site used by its current headquarters, located on Gascoigne Road in the same district. The delay was reportedly because the association had yet to decide how to build and operate the new headquarters.


In phone interviews, 51.6 per cent of 738 adult interviewees said lawmakers should not approve the government's plan to donate HK$100 million in public funds to the Sichuan government as relief aid for victims in the recent Ya'an earthquake. Nearly 60 per cent said the donation, if approved, would end up in the pockets of corrupt officials. The survey was conducted as the Legislative Council Finance Committee continued its discussions about the proposed donation.

Compiled by Nelson Cheng and Wayne Chung