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Hong Kong's Top 10 Political Gags: The News in Review

Over the past 365 days, the city's politicians have enjoyed many news-worthy moments: Unfortunately, most were for being dumb.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 March, 2016, 4:25pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:01pm

March 16, 2016—Less is More?
While asking a question at a Legislative Council meeting, Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan remarked that the recent string of student suicides were “one too few.” The pro-government legislator was quick to clarify that she actually meant the deaths were “one too many.”

March 13, 2016—Awkward…
Speaking to a young audience at a Cathay Pacific event, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying first addressed the airline’s CEO as “Kongming”—an alternate name of ancient Chinese strategist Zhuge Liang – because he thought the CEO’s Chinese name sounded like Zhuge Liang’s. He then (jokingly) attributed mankind’s desire to reach the skies to the time when Zhuge told a passing bird, “I can fly one day!”

March 8, 2016—Someone Needs New PR
The chief executive suggested in a blog post that people working in Central could “make use of the remaining 45 minutes of lunch time” and go for a swim at a hypothetical swimming shed near the IFC, as “a good alternative to gym workouts.” He also suggested fishing along the shore in angling zones.

March 2, 2016—Justice Served? 
Pro-government activist Leticia Lee See-yin was expelled from the Justice Alliance for allegedly taking $1 million from the alliance and its members.  The former Justice Alliance chairman is known for supporting controversial plans for implementing national education in local schools, and for forming the “Alliance in Support of Our Police Force” amid accusations against the police for using excessive force during Occupy.

February 26, 2016—So Angry
Netizens wasted no time in showing their feelings for the chief executive seen when Facebook unveiled its new emotional response feature. Within the first four hours it was published, a photo of Leung attending an event received 30,000 “angry” emoticons.

December 16, 2015—Oh, Ann…
Pro-government lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan came under fire when, during a Legco meeting, she said, “Psychiatrists would become crazy from hearing too much from their patients,” comparing pro-establishment lawmakers to psychiatrists and filibustering legislators to “patients.” The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists slammed Chiang for her “untrue, derogatory and discriminatory” comments.

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August 10, 2015—TMI
New People’s Party lawmaker and former security minister Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee accidentally published her HKID number online when she posted the results of her colonoscopy on Facebook to show she was fit enough to serve Hong Kong for a long time to come.

July 9, 2015—Plan All You Want, But…
The Family Planning Association rolled out a new ad campaign encouraging families to have more children. The ad suggests families with five kids could form a basketball team, and that it wouldn’t matter how many kids parents have—all they need to do is plan.

June 18, 2015—Leave it to the Pros
Only eight pro-establishment legislators voted for the government’s political reform proposal after the majority of the camp left the chamber, thinking that the vote would be adjourned while they waited for rural patriarch Lau Wong-fat. The proposal was voted down after the failed walkout. It turned out not everyone from the pro-government camp got the memo.

May 4, 2015—Class Monitors Know Best
On Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung’s first day of duty, Sing Tao Daily published an article detailing his personal history, including the fact that he was a class monitor and a dashing swimmer. The article was widely ridiculed.