Depending on whether you ask the police or someone who can actually count, between 500 and 2000 people turned out for last Sunday’s protest against the Shek Kwu Chau incinerator in Central.
But no matter how you reckon it, one person who failed to turn up was Lantau District Councillor Rainbow Wong.
Which is odd because four months ago he was reelected on a platform explicitly opposing the project.
What he said then was: “The government should advocate sorting of household waste instead of building an incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau.” (In the Chinese version he states he is “opposed to the building of the Shek Kwu Chau incinerator.)
Since then Rainbow seems to have had second thoughts. Or, given his previous support for the incinerator, third thoughts.
At last Monday’s District Council meeting, he declined to speak on the matter, complaining he was unprepared because the paper fellow councillor Amy Yung had given him were in English (yet strangely he was prepared enough to take a position in his platform).
To clarify the matter, I wrote to Rainbow’s office last Tuesday. Evidently still suffering from the same bout of shyness he hasn’t yet got back to me.
So the jury is still out on whether he has been caught unawares by his own election platform, or if he has just perpetrated a cheap fraud on the voters.
Those with slightly longer memories recall that before he was against Shek Kwu Chau, Rainbow was all for it.
So Rainbow, if you’re reading this… well OK, you can’t! But if you can get someone to translate, let us know if you want Lantau voters to view you as a buffoon or fraud.