How far would you go for an entry ticket to Hong Kong’s chief executive election?
For judge Woo Kwok-hing, he would go as far as being an entertainment program host while Regina Ip would play fashion model.
The two underdogs who are aiming to secure 150 votes from the 1,196-member Election Committee in order to get nominated, are hoping to gain on Carrie Lam, who has become a laughing stock after she told the media she could not find a roll of toilet paper in her new serviced apartment and took a taxi back to her former chief secretary residence to get some stocks.
Regina could not resist the temptation to mock Lam for saying there is no toilet paper at any convenience store. Judge Woo went further to poke some fun on Facebook.
He asked: “What would you do if you cannot find toilet paper at midnight?
A. Use a handkerchief or towel
B. Knock on your neighbor’s door and say, “sorry, can I borrow from you?”
C. Ask the night watchman — if you are not that close with your neighbor
D. Buy tissue – not toilet paper — at a convenience store
E. Go back to your official residence, if any
Apparently, Lam was the only one with the luxury of option E.
Judge Woo did not stop there. In a short video, young barrister Joe Lam pretended that he did not know how to use the Octopus card, which stirred up a comment from an impatient Judge Woo.
“If you do not know how to get in, stop blocking me,” Woo said. “Let me do it.”
Regina also wasted no time showing that she had two Octopus cards, including one senior Octopus.
The duo got their revenge because they were jealous that Lam got the sole blessing of the Liaison Office.
Last week, Ip became emotional when she heard that Leung Chun-ying had heaped high praise on Lam.
Ip also said she had not been in contact with the Liaison Office for a long time. Ditto for Judge Woo, who has opted not to side with Beijing in his campaign.
Another candidate, John Tsang, who has seen his popularity surge lately, stayed cool and did not respond to Lam’s outrageous comments.
It is widely believed that Lam brought up the hilarious toilet paper incident to divert attention from her careless whisper after saying she decided to join the race to prevent a candidate not backed by Beijing from winning the election, thereby preventing a constitutional crisis.
Lam later apologized for her comment, saying she did not mean to target Tsang.
The best strategy for Tsang is to send tissue as a gift to his rivals — to cheer up Lam, wipe away tears for Ip and sweat from the brow of the hardworking Woo.
Meanwhile, Ip shocked her fans when she raised her legs during a Facebook live interview with Commercial Radio’s Stephen Chan to show that she had blue shoes on to match her blue suit.
She was trying to make a point that she went the extra mile to make the Election Committee members from the clothing and retail industry happy.
Well done, Ip and Woo. The show would have been much less entertaining without you.
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