Date
21 January 2017
Jasper Tsang (left) shows the cards he received  from journalists at a media briefing. Tsang and Leung Chun-ying (right) are political allies but are not terribly fond of each other. Photos: HKEJ
Jasper Tsang (left) shows the cards he received from journalists at a media briefing. Tsang and Leung Chun-ying (right) are political allies but are not terribly fond of each other. Photos: HKEJ

Does CY have Asperger syndrome and aquarium theory?

All told, our chief executive is strong and healthy but does he have a disorder he does not know?

Thanks to outgoing Legco chairman Jasper Tsang, we are beginning to get some answers.

Speaking to reporters over tea on Monday, Tsang said a doctor friend who is an expert on autism told him Leung Chun-ying has Asperger syndrome.

The condition is characterized by stubborn behavior and troubling social skills, not to mention a monotonous tone.

Okay, but how dare Tsang defame Hong Kong’s most powerful man with what should have been a confidential matter between a doctor and his patient.

Tsang is not known to engage in careless whisper.

On the contrary, he picks his words carefully. His face does light up when he says Leung has changed a lot since he became Hong Kong chief executive four years ago.

Which, he says, explains Leung’s approval rating.

The feeling appears to be mutual.

Neither man is terribly fond of the other, although they might be seen smiling together at official functions.

Interestingly, while Typhoon Nida was lashing Hong Kong, Leung rifled a Facebook post telling people to visit local museums which will be open free to the public this week.

Really? We can’t wait to hear what Tsang has to say about that.

But speaking of the two men, we are reminded of Tsang’s efforts to save Leung’s legislative agenda from being filibustered by opposition lawmakers and how the former had little success.

The brittle political partnership frayed beyond repair after Leung sacked Tsang’s younger brother Tak-shing from his cabinet last year, purportedly as part of a reshuffle but effectively to remove dissenting voices from the government.

And on Friday, Tsang let it be known that he would consider running against Leung in the chief executive election in 2017 “if no one stepped up” to challenge him.

A few hours later, Financial Secretary John Tsang said he could consider a run for the top job “if it would be good for Hong Kong”.

Jasper Tsang quickly retreated and complemented John Tsang, raising speculation Jasper could be a good choice for Exco convenor if John won.

Jasper was on a roll.

He said Leung has a “special aquarium theory” on the media which requires putting a piece of glass in the water to separate the small fish and the big fish.

The big fish tries to catch the small fish only to run into the glass. After hitting it many times, the big fish stops chasing the small fish.

Citing the fish analogy, Jasper said Leung’s style is to ignore requests from reporters until they tire of badgering him.

He said Leung once threw a reporter’s business card in the trash because he felt the person was unimportant.

Is that a joke or a smear?

Hard to say, but if Jasper Tsang ever fancies a new career, he could try stand-up comedy.

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BK/AC/RA

EJ Insight writer

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