Margaret Chan has been chosen as the new head of the World Health Organization, and the media here has predictably been celebrating this as a great honour for Hong Kong. Yeah, right.
If you speak to ordinary people in Hong Kong they still remember what happened with SARS, and regard Margaret Chan as at least partially responsible for the deaths (particularly in Amoy Gardens). They are amazed that she could be given this prestigious job and be lauded as an expert on Bird Flu and SARS.
The English newspapers have rather grudgingly reported some concerns, but only as a footnote to the story. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that they are so out of touch with what people in Hong Kong really think.