City of rhythm and rumors

City Talk | Siu Sai Wo 13 Dec 2019

Goldjoy Holidays celebrated its 30th anniversary with a grand cocktail and dinner party at the Conrad Hong Kong in Admiralty.

It was a joyful gathering on a scale rarely seen in recent months.

The party saw many celebrities attending, including Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, several other government officials, as well as Airport Authority chief executive Fred Lam Tin-fuk.

I spoke with Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung Kwok-pan, and our conversation naturally turned to the ongoing situation here in Hong Kong.

He observed that the troubling state of affairs was being aggravated by the spread of fake news online.

The latest batch of false information is about how political heavyweights are being sanctioned.

Chung himself was one of them, with false allegations about him being targeted by a British blacklist.

Asked why he thinks he was "put on a pedestal," Chung laughed and said people don't really need a reason to spread rumors.

Anyone who is somewhat well known in politics can become a subject of fake news, and one may actually see being targeted as a symbolization of one's status.

There is a saying that "not being envied is the hallmark of mediocrity." In Chung's case, we can substitute "envied" for "the target of rumors."

I think being able to laugh off unpleasant things can make for a happier life, especially in these unsettling times.

During the cocktails, host Freddy Yip Hing-ning invited veteran singer Johnny Yip Chun-tong, who took requests, to perform.

As guests merrily put forward their song requests, Yip suddenly climbed onto the stage to sing the rather famous number Liang Wang Yan Shui Li with the talented artist Lily Ng Lai-chu.

I think being able to set up a duet performance "on demand" could also be considered a symbol of one's status.

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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