Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

CY's team should hold back on teacher

It could be the biggest mystery of the year - how a swear word can divide a city. The case - featuring a foul-mouthed teacher, a posse of policemen, Falun Gong activists and the Youth Care Association - has all the ingredients of a colourful dispute. But the understands that the name of Alpais Lam Wai-sze, the primary school teacher in question, caught the attention of the Executive Council days before the scuffle last Sunday. Sadly none of them spotted the escalating tension. "The members were curious how such a teacher could win the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence," a source said. "There was even a query whether the award could be retracted." While it's good Leung's cabinet is keeping abreast of the hot topics in the city, the chief executive might need better aides - those who do not add fuel to the fire - if he wants to prevent what happened last Sunday from happening again. Joshua But


Gay rights are always seen as a ticking timebomb for politicians; you will lose support from either liberals or conservatives. But the Liberal Party might be about to muddy the waters by adopting a conservative stance. While it might upset the gay community, the party sees opportunities. Party polling shows a high correlation between people who are against the minimum wage and those who oppose a law against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The party might hope to capitalise on the link by trying to block the sex bill. "There are a lot of people out there [against a law]," a source said. "Many organisations have approached us since a party member spoke openly against the discrimination law." Jeffie Lam


The fate of functional constituencies is not yet known, but a new name has emerged as a possible candidate to take over from Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, if he decides to give up his seat representing the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2016. The name being bandied about is that of new federation deputy chairman and Sham Shui Po District Council chairman, Jimmy Kwok Chun-wah. Leung will have reached retirement age by then. But then again he will still be young compared with his colleague Lau Wong-fat who will be 77 this year. Jeffie Lam