Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Leung's Ideas for the "Working Class"

CY Leung needs to re-think his recreational ideas for the "working class"
At the "two session" in Beijing, a Hong Kong delegate hinted that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying needs to be more tactful in governing the city if he wants to be re-elected next year.

Chan Yuen-han, a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference representing the Federation of Trade Unions, said compared to previous administrations, the current one wasn't "soft enough".

Leung probably put this into consideration when he wrote on his blog that there should be facilities to allow the "working class" to "relax" during their lunch hour.

Anglers need at least half a day to catch any fish
He suggested three angling zones -- places for people to fish -- be set up at the Central promenade, Tsing Yi and Pak Shek Kok in Tai Po.

"After having a simple lunch, staff in Cenral could then make use of the remaining 45 minutes to fish along the shore," he wrote.

People could even enjoy a 20-minute swim -- " a great alternative to gym" after lunch if a swimming shed was built near the International Finance Centre.

Wow Leung actually cares about the "working class" to make these suggestions, but probably hasn't thought about the logistics.

Angling enthusiasts thought the idea was a joke.

Who has time to take a 20-minute dip after lunch?
"There are few fish during lunchtime because of the water temperature, sunlight and extra noise," said the owner of a fishing tackle shop in Sai Wan. "Every angler would know that."

He also added that angling is an activity that takes up at least half a day. "If all you have is 45 minutes, you are almost ready to pack up before you start," he said.

While Alex Kwok Siu-kit of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union welcomed Leung's suggestion of a swimming shed, he thought it was ridiculous to target office workers.

"Everybody knows you should not swim after lunch, as you might suffer from a cramp," he said.

General secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions Lee Cheuk-yan said Leung's ideas reflected how out of touch he was with the people.

"Does he know how crowded Central is and how long workers have to queue for a meal?" he asked. "Is Leung living on Mars?"

Judging from his well-intentioned ideas that don't quite add up, one would have to agree.

Perhaps it's back to the drawing board to think of better ideas for the "working class"...

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