Sunday 1 July 2012

You Must Drink My Wine Or Don't Drink At All, says Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying pours his glass of wine for Miriam Lau Kin-yee

Leung Chun-ying is Hong Kong's new Chief Executive. Is this a sign of things to come? 

What feelings and perceptions about our new CE emanate from this photo?


C.Y. to consider freezing pay of top appointees (SCMP; paywall)
Incoming leader told to think twice about salary increases as he sits down to 'reconciliation dinner' with Beijing loyalists
Colleen Lee and Ada Lee
May 30, 2012

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying said last night he would consider requests from pro-establishment lawmakers to freeze the salaries of his team of political appointees.

The calls came as he hosted what was dubbed a "reconciliation dinner" with the Beijing-loyalist camp, held at the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Central, in return for a dinner lawmakers gave him last month.

Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and lawmakers from the Professional Forum urged Leung to think twice about adopting a proposal put forward by the current government to raise ministers' salaries 8.1 per cent on 2002 levels.

Ip, who is a former security minister, said: "It is an honour to serve as a top official. It should not be measured only in monetary terms."

"The suggestion is very good. I'll seriously consider the idea," said Leung, who picked up the bill of HK$11,332 for last night's dinner.

Of the 36 Beijing-loyalist lawmakers on the guest list, 26 attended the dinner, five more than last time.

The guests also included Liberal Party chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee, who cast a blank vote in the chief executive election in March, and allies of defeated candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, including Lam Tai-fai of the industrial (second) sector. Lau was absent from last month's dinner and was photographed dining at a fast food restaurant instead.


  1. aimlesswanderer3 July 2012 at 16:45

    Ministers over there must be paid peanuts. A tough life, living on instant noodles!

    I wonder if he can claim the dinner as a work related expense!

  2. Ministers here are paid expensive peanuts. Our new Chief Executive receives a larger renumeration than the president of the United States of America and also the prime minister of Great Britain.

    It will be interesting to see how CY Leung fares as our leader. He wasn't the Communist Party's first choice.