A celebrity football team of entertainers turned out on Wednesday to
kick-start the election campaign of Liberal Party vice-chairwoman
Among them were master showman Michael Hui, singer-actor Kenny Bee,
Cheung Kwok-keung and the multi-talented Natalis Chan who is as well
known for his hairstyles as for his acting. Chow, of course, is no
stranger to show business, having started out as a weather girl before
climbing the ranks to become director of Asia Television and then
moving into politics.
Her friendship with the four celebrities dates back 30 years.
Deserting her conservative business suit, Chow got into the spirit of
the campaign by donning a bright yellow T-shirt and sneakers as she
joined the footballers on the field together with election partner
Kenneth Ting. The sweltering heat did not deter the 60 or more
volunteers on the sidelines from enthusiastically cheering and waving
their "thundersticks" as the election candidates and the celebrity
players scored "goals".
"The campaign has been tiring and hard but we are happy," said Chow.
"We have had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life,
something we did not get to do in the confines of the Legislative
Despite her long involvement and experience in politics, Chow is
making her election debut in a geographical constituency, having been
the wholesale and retail sector representative in Legco since 1995.
Her "old friends", however, were confident she would be returned on
"I am here today not because of the Liberal Party but because I fully
support Chow," said Chan, whose hair was dyed blond for the occasion.
"It is outdated to elect someone who just keeps arguing. If I were
living in Kowloon East, I would vote for Chan Yuen-han (of the
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong) but absolutely
not for Albert Cheng." He refused to say for whom he intended to vote
in his own constituency.
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