Regina Ip has been the butt of jokes for crying her way to the attention of Beijing — and the media — but in the end she will be laughing at her critics.
That’s according to the CLSA Feng Shui Index, which tries to predict how well some politicians would do in the Year of the Rooster based on their year of birth.
Ip, who is a tiger (that figures), got an eight out of a maximum of 10 in terms of luck, double that of Carrie Lam and Judge Woo Kwok-hing who each got a four and well ahead of John Tsang who got a three.
“It would be unlike Ip to miss an opportunity like that, so we can be assured that the Hong Kong political gaff meter will be outshining any other index we may run across this treasured isle,” CLSA wrote.
But we wonder if that means she will get the top job.
“With travel well-aspected this year, expect the chief executive hopeful to be calling on all those she needs to. The inquisitive nature of Metal Tigers will also see her looking for new ideas and possibilities,” CLSA said.
Which new ideas and possibilities are anybody’s guess. It would be nice if Beijing, or the Liaison Office, could come up with something to cheer up Regina who turned emotional when she complained that no one appreciated her running for the chief executive’s office.
Her comments came after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying called Carrie Lam someone with the ability and willingness to take on responsibilities.
Later, a teary-eyed Ip said in response to a reporter’s question that she can also shoulder responsibility while complaining that her supporters had been swayed away to Carrie Lam.
Lam was quick to offer comfort, saying Ip, her former boss, was indeed a responsible person with a strong record of social service. Lam praised her “guts” to come out and join the race.
Lam also said that Ip was a good and considerate boss who was perhaps better than herself in this aspect.
Anyway, what is happening to Ip might be a blessing in disguise.
Now, how does John Tsang stack up this year?
Again, the feng shui tip is a bit confusing.
The former financial secretary, who was born in the Year of the Rabbit, is poor in luck but he might get promoted.
The tipster wrote: “Educated and trained in the West and yet possibly already featuring in a photo on Xi Jinping’s mantelpiece, he may be about to make a move up the Hong Kong civil service ladder.
“The stars indicate a hairpin bend early in the year; we put this to the Grand Rooster but he claimed that, with eyes on the sides of his head, he can’t see around that corner.”
It is unlikely that Tsang will settle for chief secretary. He is said to have already turned down an offer to be the deputy chief of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a consolation prize for giving up his wish to run for chief executive.
“In a worrying sign, 1951 rabbits have a difficult time indicated for their families this year — so this bunny will need to show his steely side,” CLSA said.
Well, it is hard to have power and a fortunate family at the same time — at least this is something we could point to the last two chief executives.
Thank you CLSA for such an entertaining perspective.
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