Hong Kong lawmakers criticize officials for the hastily patched-together, half-hearted series of events designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the handover. This is unfair. The object of the exercise is to spread happiness throughout the city. And what can possibly be more amusing and enjoyable than hapless Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah spouting humiliatingly poor excuses for his bureaucrats’ laughable efforts? Mission accomplished, surely.
Further down the HKFP article, pro-democrat legislator Tanya Chan asks why the government reappoints people like Martin Lee Ka-shing – son of Henderson Land patriarch Lee Shau-kee – to something called the Commission on Youth, when such individuals never show up to meetings?
Lau’s responses are, again, pretty funny. But perhaps Tanya misunderstands the purpose of the Commission. A glance at the membership list shows that it is headed up by another son of a property tycoon, and at least a few other appointees seem to be from privileged backgrounds. So by ‘Commission’ we probably mean ‘Informal Social Club’, and by ‘Youth’ we mean ‘Rich Kids’. (One name that stands out is Vivek Mahbubani, noted stand-up comedian and just the sort of person young wealthy elites would bring along to their gatherings.)
I declare the weekend open with a challenge: under slightly sub-optimal lighting conditions, can you tell Tanya Chan apart from a Korean boy band star?