Don’t be such a bad egg CY, just leave the FCC alone

The former city leader should go after localists not the club, which serves the best egg white omelette in town and finds itself at the centre of a speech row

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 September, 2018, 9:07pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 September, 2018, 10:44pm

Enough is enough, please leave the Foreign Correspondents’ Club alone.

I know colleagues who can’t make it through the week without a few visits to its well-stocked and reasonably priced bar. I don’t drink, but I can’t live without its egg white omelette. It’s not only the best in town, the club also charges the same price as a regular omelette. Everywhere else, they make you pay extras, sometimes double.

And people who can’t get into the rarefied Hong Kong Club need a place in Central to hang out. The FCC is also good for hacks like me to corner business and government people for a quick quote or an off-the-record confirmation. I once spotted Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, and Edward Yau Tang-wah, secretary for commerce and economic development, having a quiet brunch in a corner. See, even government people eat there. Granted, it was way before the Andy Chan Ho-tin controversy. I wonder if ministers are now barred from going there.

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The FCC used to be such a snobbish colonial establishment. When my wife was a reporter, they once made her wait outside in scorching heat during the summer for a press conference to start. Now, they would even have us lowly hacks as members.

In a word, the club occupies a very useful place in the local social hierarchy, regardless of whether it was right or not to have invited Chan, the Hong Kong separatist, to give a luncheon speech.

Actually, no one in the government is talking about evicting the club from its current location. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the government “has a cordial relationship with the FCC and I’m sure this relationship will continue”.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said we should all move on. Mainland officials never said the club should be evicted; they had only condemned it for hosting Chan.

The only one who is still making noises about the club’s lease with the government is former chief executive Leung Chun-ying, who is, needless to say, no longer a government official.

I don’t know why Leung is so fixated on the FCC. It’s psychologically unhealthy. Chan, the separatist, has been a co-host for weeks on an internet and YouTube radio channel run by former lawmaker and long-time Leung nemesis Wong Yuk-man. Why not go after the real radical localists?

I wouldn’t care if Leung did. Those guys don’t serve egg white omelette.