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When a Hong Kong Legislator Takes to Song

This is not the first time Ann Chiang Lai-wan performed in front of the press.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 February, 2016, 4:33pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:57pm

The often controversial pro-establishment lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan sang along to a clip of her appearance on a local television variety show that aired a decade ago, outside of the Legislative Council building last week.

Chiang, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was invited to appear on the variety show by Hong Kong celebrity Liza Wang Ming-chuen. Chiang and Wang met when they both served as members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. “Liza Wang knew I could sing because we used to go to karaoke after the CPPCC meetings,” Chiang told the SCMP.

Chiang sang along to the 10-year old clip during a reception for her political party. 

Chiang's younger sister, Agnes Chiang Lai-ping, was a well-known singer in the 80s. On Ann Chiang's personal YouTube channel last year, Agnes Chiang said that “[Ann Chiang] loves singing, and it was me who was following her and started singing. She also encouraged me to participate in a singing contest.”

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This is not the first time that Chiang has performed in front of the press. Last year, the legislator sang Anita Mui Yim-fong’s classic “Debt Heart” during a press gathering at her home in West Kowloon.

And, last week, Chiang was not the only politician to break out in song: On Friday, lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun of the New People's Party sang an excerpt of Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” during a LegCo meeting. Tien mocked Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s management of the bloody clash in Mong Kok earlier this month.

“How many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn't see? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind,” sang Tien.