Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah praised lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung for good handicraft skills when presented with a piece of protest craftwork during a Q&A session on the 2016 Budget in the legislature on Thursday.

Leung interrupted the meeting by presenting Tsang with a model of a manual weighing scale bearing Tsang’s face. The artwork suggested that the budget favoured “white elephant” projects over benefits for elderly people. Instead of telling Leung to leave and obey the rules of the legislature, Tsang responded by saying: “Your handicraft skills have really improved.”

財政司司長曾俊華就財政預算案到立法會接受議員質詢,立法會議員梁國雄在工程界立法會議員發言期間將手造示威物品送給曾俊華,曾俊華笑指:你手工真係愈做愈好。#香港電台 #曾俊華 #財政司司長 #梁國雄

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Some lawmakers were heard laughing after he made his comment. He later added: “[Your work] may not be able to enter M+ yet, but [you] can continue to work hard.” M+ is a new museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, scheduled to open in 2019.

John Tsang making the budget speech. Photo: RTHK screencap.

Mixed reception

Joseph Wong Wing-ping, former head of the Civil Service Bureau, praised Tsang for “winning the hearts of the Hong Kong people” in a column in AM730 on Thursday.

However, lawmakers on both the pro-establishment and pan-democratic sides have also expressed the view that the budget did not do enough to help average Hongkongers. According to a new survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme, instant feedback on the budget was generally positive, but the net satisfaction rate has fallen compared to last year.


Eric Cheung

Eric is currently a Bachelor of Journalism student at the University of Hong Kong. Eric has his finger on the pulse of Hong Kong events and politics. His work has been published on The Guardian, Reuters and ABC News (America).