Date
23 March 2017
James Tien has become more outspoken since he was removed as a member of China's top political advisory body last October. Photo: Facebook
James Tien has become more outspoken since he was removed as a member of China's top political advisory body last October. Photo: Facebook

James Tien fires away with sarcastic Facebook posts

Legislator James Tien Pei-chun posted a sarcastic message on his Facebook account on Wednesday, which many believe is aimed at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

In his post, Tien says people would rush into a hot kitchen to help if the chef is a capable one, but if they think the chef is incompetent, everyone will try to get out.

Tien’s comment seems to be referring to the replacement of Tsang Tak-sing and Paul Tang Kowk-wai as Secretary for Home Affairs and Secretary for the Civil Service, respectively, on Tuesday.

Netizens responded favorably to Tien’s post with 10,000 likes and more than 1,000 shares so far.

A netizen asks if Tien is showing his disdain for the two former ministers, while others joke that Tien is taking time out from his vacation in Hawaii to mock the administration.

In another Facebook post, Tien is pictured outside a restaurant wearing shorts, and in the caption, he jokingly asks if he looks like a likely suspect in the leakage of WhatsApp messages involving Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and pro-establishment lawmakers in last month’s voting on the government’s political reform bill.

Independent lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun was considered by many sources as the one who leaked the text messages, and he is known to wear shorts during Legco meetings.

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