Date
13 December 2017
Lawmaker Eunice Yung is derisively called by critics as "the foster daughter of Sai Wan" in reference to the alleged all-out support given by the Liaison Office to her election campaign last year.  Photo: HKEJ
Lawmaker Eunice Yung is derisively called by critics as "the foster daughter of Sai Wan" in reference to the alleged all-out support given by the Liaison Office to her election campaign last year. Photo: HKEJ

Eunice Yung sings her way to another controversy

Pro-establishment lawmaker Eunice Yung Hoi-yan is not exactly a publicity hound, and would rather focus on her career and advocacies than seek controversies, but from time to time she somehow ends up being talked about.

Over the past two weeks, a “music video” she posted on her official Facebook page garnered more than 110,000 views on YouTube.

The video in question is but a simple recording of her rendition of the Paul Anka classic Diana, which she sang at an outdoor event organized by Heung Yee Kuk in Ta Kwu Ling, a rural community in the northern district of the New Territories.

It’s a nice song, light and lively, something to perk up a dull evening, especially in the company of old folks. And she apparently picked a most appropriate song, with lyrics that go: “I’m so young and you’re so old, this, my darling, I’ve been told…”

The comely New People’s Party legislator sang the number with much gusto, to the apparent delight of the mostly geriatric audience. But, of course, you can’t please everyone, and there will always be people who find pleasure in looking on the bad side.

And so in the comments section, some netizens made fun of her Chinese accent, while others mocked her for singing like a goose.

Was it really that bad? Well, I don’t really think so, but my view doesn’t count.

To her credit, Yung appears to be enjoying herself in the video. And replying to the snide remarks, she good-humoredly asked friends to review the footage and judge for themselves if she indeed has a goose voice. A barrister by profession, she didn’t bother to threaten her critics with a defamation suit.

But her comments only drew even more responses, one of which was from Denise Ho Wan-see, a pro-democracy activist and singer.

Ho, a disciple of the late cantopop artist Anita Mui Yim-fong, shared Yung’s video and compared her singing to that of a Dai Kam Kie, a wedding chaperone. She, however, complimented her guts and praised her for bringing happiness to other people in a selfless way.

Yung gave Ho’s comment a “smile” emoji and admitted that she did not sing as well as Ho. Later she told reporters she hoped Ho could demonstrate how to sing Diana properly.

There are, of course, some political undercurrents in their one on one. As you well know, cosmetics giant Lancôme pulled the plug on Ho’s concert last year after mainland netizens slammed her for her pro-democracy leanings.

Yung, on the other hand, is derisively called by critics as “the foster daughter of Sai Wan” in reference to the alleged all-out support given by the Liaison Office to her election campaign last year. She garnered one of the highest votes in the Legislative Council contest in New Territories East.

For one thing, Yung appears to be such an open and guileless individual that media sometimes trick her into giving the answers they want. And that’s probably one reason why legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the empress of New People’s Party, seems reluctant to pass the baton of party leadership to her.

Now, let’s stop talking politics for a while. Why can’t the New People’s Party organize a concert twin-billed by Regina Ip and Eunice Yung? Two Spice Girls meet for an event that will bridge the generation gap!

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CG

EJ Insight writer

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