Date
20 September 2017
HKU Vice Chancellor Peter Mathieson (left) and Ming Pao chief editor Chong Tien Siong (right) are not joining the Hong Kong delegation to watch Beijing's military parade. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ
HKU Vice Chancellor Peter Mathieson (left) and Ming Pao chief editor Chong Tien Siong (right) are not joining the Hong Kong delegation to watch Beijing's military parade. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

So who aren’t on the list for the big Beijing parade?

Going through the list of 278 names making up Leung Chun-ying’s delegation to Beijing, it is more interesting to note who are not included than those who are there.

The group left today for tomorrow’s much-awaited military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender that ended World War II.

They left without University of Hong Kong Vice Chancellor Peter Mathieson (馬斐森). 

Mathieson was reportedly on the invitation list, but he turned it down in the wake of last night’s special general meeting at the university on the delayed appointment of his new pro vice chancellor.

With his exclusion, he becomes one of the four university heads, out of nine, who are not on the list — joining Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Institute of Education and Open University.

He also missed being one of the few foreigners in the HKSAR delegation. Lan Kwai Fong chairman Allan Zeman (盛智文) and former Hong Kong Science and Technology Park chairman Nicholas Brooke (蒲禄祺) are included.

Meanwhile, Anti-Occupy Central leader Robert Chow Yung (周融) is on the list, along with former police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung (曾偉雄) and four others who took part in the operation codenamed “Solarpeak” to counter the Umbrella Movement.

A fitting acknowledgement of their efforts in supporting the government in the face of the pro-democracy protests.

Chow, a former editor at The Standard, will probably have a media gathering with 16 editors representing major electronic and print media establishments.

The delegates include representatives of TVB, ATV, i-Cable, Now TV, DBC, RTHK and Roadshow for electronic media. For print, Hong Kong Economic Journal, South China Morning Post, Standard, Sing Tao, Hong Kong Economic Times and am730 are represented.

Apart from the two mass local dailies, one notably missing from the list is Ming Pao Daily, whose chief editor Chong Tien Siong (鍾天祥) took up the post only this January.

So, who else are not there? What about the 70 tycoons who joined the delegation last September just before the Occupy civil disobedience movement broke out.

Senior tycoons like CK Hutchison (00001.HK) chairman Li Ka-shing (李嘉誠) and Henderson Land (00002.HK) chairman Lee Shau-kee (李兆基) turned down the star-studded invitation because the Beijing sojourn would be too tiring for them.

But their sons, who are members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, are on the list.

Also joining the CPPCC delegation are New World Development (00017.HK) chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun (鄭家純), former Wharf (00004.HK) chairman Peter Woo Kwong-ching (吳光正) and former Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen (唐英年).

Tang posted a selfie at the National People’s Congress on Facebook this March. But if he wants to do it again this time, we advise him not to use a Nikon or Sony camera — just to be on the safe, politically correct side. 

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