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Welcome dose of hegemony

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Legislative Council's functional constituencies have seen a major change in representatives in the recent election.

One of the new faces is surveyor Tony Tse Wai-chuen, who won the architectural, surveying and planning seat, replacing Patrick Lau Sau-shing.

Tse has worked in the government for more than a decade, often wearing many hats in public service, so his victory came as no surprise.

Having worked for big developers after joining the private sector, Tse is now running his own consultancy company.

As his own boss, Tse is able to tailor his schedule flexibly to cater to the demands of being a Legco member.

He has a column in Sing Tao Daily, sister newspaper of The Standard, on property-related subjects that is entitled Decoding Real Estate Hegemony.

Hegemony is hardly a term of endearment, and some are curious as to why Tse had adopted a title that smacks of betraying the sector in which he is a member.

In Hong Kong, the term "real estate hegemony" has almost become a cliche.

But there are diverse views on whether such a hegemony exists at all.

Detractors say developers have monopolized the market to the detriment of the common folk; others argue that real estate is of such fundamental importance to the local economy so we must not tinker with the status quo.

Choosing a catchy title, Tse said, was intended to capture the attention of readers, which must be the prime objective of a columnist.

As the public is keen to discuss "hegemony," he thi
nks it is in the readers' interest to explore the many facets of the issue - as long as comments are fair.

In retrospect, what the unorthodox title of the column really betrayed was Tse's early start in preparing for the election. Siu Sai-wo is chief editor of Sing Tao Daily

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