Stockbrokers are notorious for selling you something they know little about and/or something you don’t want.
In that sense, there’s no need to point the finger at Christopher Cheung who is seeking reelection from the securities sector this Sunday.
But we can all have a good laugh.
At an RTHK forum, Cheung was asked whether he believes in the Ting Hai effect and what he would do if he were Ting Hai.
Wonderful question — and one that calls for a funny and creative answer about a fictional figure with the Midas touch.
Experienced stock investors, even the younger ones, know that almost every time Adam Cheng (who played Ting Hai in the popular 1990s TVB drama The Greed Of Man) had a new TV drama, the Hang Seng Index would plummet.
The curse persisted in tandem with the myth that any No. 8 typhoon would end before the stock market opened because that would hurt the profitability of Superman — tycoon Li Ka-shing.
Unfortunately, Cheung did not come up with an interesting answer.
“I do not know him very well but I would like to read more about him and see how I can learn from his experience and expertise.“
Are you kidding me?
Netizens found his answer funny and turned it viral on social media.
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t burst out laughing after seeing the video clip.
The golden stockbroker who wants to represent his peers for four more years has no clue who Ting Hai is, so he winged it.
That’s like a nurse who hasn’t heard of Florence Nightingale, or an English literature major who hasn’t read Shakespeare, or a football fan who doesn’t know Pele.
Asked again what he thought of the Ting Hai effect, Cheung said there is no good or bad effect and that one should take it from the good side and learn from the bad side, adding this is his philosophy in life.
Realizing he might have turned off his fans, Cheung took to Facebook to explain (apparently after doing his homework).
He said he knows what the Ting Hai effect means but he has not watched many TV dramas.
Therefore, he used his imagination to come up with a spontaneous response. He also apologised for any misunderstanding.
Watch: Cheung answers Ting Hai effect question (starts at around 19:00) in Chinese
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