Friday, 17 February 2012

An Unenviable Role

Henry Tang puts his arm around his wife as she takes the fall for him
Political wives have the hardest role to play -- they must look pretty, look admiringly at their husbands and act like they're in love in front of the cameras.

But also take responsibility that could lead to criminal charges?

That's the prospect facing Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife Lisa Kuo Yu-chin.

Yesterday the chief executive candidate apologized for the controversy over the illegal structures on his wife's property, claiming they were her idea.

"No 7 [York Road in Kowloon Tong] is my wife's property. It was my wife's idea and I knew they were illegal," he said. "Since we were experiencing a low ebb in our marriage, I did not handle the matter swiftly. I take full responsibility for the incident."

He then apologized to the people of Hong Kong and asked his supporters for a second chance.

Doesn't he mean third chance after he earlier admitted having "strayed" in his marriage?

Meanwhile Kuo held back tears as she gave her side of the story.

"I just wanted to plan a comfy place for my family. I greatly regret that I did it without considering the consequences. I'm very very sorry," she said.

She added: "He [Tang] seldom deals with family matters. He is very busy at work. I wanted to provide a happy and warm family home for my husband and children, like most wives do.

"I'm the one responsible for the renovation and plans of the two houses, including the basement. He [Tang] knows little about the details."

Did she really plan for a wine cellar and wine tasting room to be in the basement, along with an entertainment room and Japanese bath? Sounds more of a masculine decorating idea than one a woman would choose.

Nevertheless, like a good wife, Kuo stood by her man.

"I hope you will forgive me and I hope you will give him a chance," she said. "He's a good man. Please don't take him as a bad guy."

Reaction on the street is that practically everyone knows Kuo is taking the fall for her husband, as the home is technically hers on paper since 2010.

Tang's integrity is plunging by the day and his original supporters who promised to nominate him are seriously doubting his leadership abilities.

Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin said, "He had said [earlier] a man needs to have broad shoulders, but his action to realize this -- putting the blame on his wife -- was unbearable," he said. The FTU has 57 nomination votes.

"Day after day he has offered different accounts," said Liberal Party chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee. "This one response is unreliable -- he still refused to disclose the size of the illegal structure."

She said the party was considering withdrawing the 62 nominations it gave to Tang earlier this month.

Meanwhile Ho Hon-kuen, chairman of Education Convergence, said it was now impossible to nominate Tang.

But Tang still has his die-hard supporters such as Thomas Woo Chu who got 17 nominations for him in the catering sector. "We should not impose the death penalty on him simply because of one single incident," Woo said.

The on-going fiasco has prompted Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee to call for Tang to pull out of the race -- so that she can run instead.

She originally mulled throwing her hat into the ring, but believed that her only chance was if Tang supporters backed her.

"Unfortunately, Tang is not withdrawing from the election," she said.

Who knew what was originally supposed to be a slam dunk election would turn out into a frenzied race?

In the meantime regardless of what happens, Tang owes his wife big time for what she did yesterday -- she is a hard act to follow.

1 comment:

  1. dirty political mud-slinging, that is part of the game. if you can't stand the heat , don't work in the kitchen.