Jackie Chan among Hong Kong’s ‘least trustworthy’
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Jackie Chan among Hong Kong’s ‘least trustworthy’

Movie star Jackie Chan, idolized by millions elsewhere for his on-screen success was voted among the least trustworthy personalities Hong Kong. This was the result of a Reader’s Digest survey of 760 people in the city.
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/>Chan, 56, who began his acting career as Bruce Lee’s stuntman in Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon, ranked towards the bottom out of 80 personalities polled. His ranking is not far from Chief Executive Donald Tsang, another unpopular figure in the city, who is at 77th spot.
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/>The survey listed philanthropist Josephine Siao as the most trusted personality, while Atlanta Olympic gold medallist Lee Lai-shan, Asian Games champion Wong Kam-po as well as actor Chow Yun-fat ranked prominently in the top 10. In general, government officials and lawmakers receive low rankings in the survey, given the poor public perception manifested in other surveys. The highest ranking public official is Rita Fan, a member of the NPC Standing Committee at 13th spot.
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/>Tsang’s administration was accused of mishandling several incidents during its tenure, such as the demolition of Queen’s Pier and incidence of medical blunders. His popularity rating stood at 51.6 percent as of February 2010.
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/>As the survey was about who is trustworthy and not who is popular, Jackie Chan’s poor ratings reflect the controversies of the past. He once commented that the 2004 re-election of Chen Shui-bian and Annette Wu as President and Vice-President of Taiwan were “the biggest joke in the world”.   During a panel discussion at the Boao Forum for Asia in April 2009, he suggested that Chinese people need to be controlled, after being asked about China censorship on films. No wonder even my friends here in Hong Kong have expressed dislike (not just because he was caught singing drunk with a Taiwanese singer) for Mr Chan during informal polls I made in the past.
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/>Despite the apparent low popularity by Jackie Chan in Hong Kong, he still gets a lot of love elsewhere. Shanghai is honoring him with a dedicated museum and Singapore is honored to keep his collection of antique wooden Chinese houses.
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/>In terms of profession, firefighters were voted the most trustworthy followed by those in the medical field (doctors, pharmacists, dentists). And the least likeable profession: fortune teller. The poll was held shortly after the court ruled that Nina Wang’s inheritance be handed to the family-run charitable group rather than to Tony Chan, who allegedly forged a will from the late billionaire.