Corruption Allegation’s Third Wave, Foreign Media Comment On Leung Chun-Ying’s Dictatorship
Australian media recently had revealed further details of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying signing a huge payment agreement with the Australian company UGL. Reports said, in addition to Leung Chun-Ying’s requirement of a secret remuneration of approximately $HK 50 million ($US 6.4 million), he also demanded nearly $HK 37.4 million ($US 4.8 million) from UGL, but was rejected. US Wall Street Journal has published an article describing the authoritarian nature of Leung Chun-Ying.
Australian media Fairfax Media’s, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported on the 8th that Leung Chun-Ying has signed a secret agreement during the 2011 election campaign, accepting a secret payment of approximately HK $ 50 million from UGL.
On the 14th, SMH further reported, on the same day of UGL signing the secret agreement with Leung Chun-ying, DTZ board of directors rejected a new acquisition offer from the Chinese state-owned Tian Xin. That acquisition offer is priced at $HK 120 million ($US 15.4 million) more than UGL.
The next day, SMH reported again, in addition to the HK $ 50 million payment, Leung had asked another £ 3 million (about HK $37.4 million) from UGL as a compensation for DTZ Japan branch’s losses over the past five years. However, this was rejected by UGL.
The report also cited words from participants in the negotiations at that time, stated that Leung Chun-Ying often did not reply to e-mails or telephone. Current chairman of DTZ Tim Melville-Ross, or creditor, the Royal Bank of Scotland has sent people to look for Leung Chun-Ying at that time.
This is the third wave of inside stories of Leung Chun-Ying’s huge corruption allegations in just eight days. This is also the latest case about Leung Chun-Ying with his personal credit suffering a heavy blow.
Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council, Sin Chung-kai: This thing is very clear; there are enough reasons to impeach. If Hong Kong is a fully democratic society, I think Leung Chun-ying has to resign. His allegations have been very clear that he has a corruption problem.
Affairs commentator Tang Jingyuan felt, the top level may now have to gradually start preparing for removing Leung.
Tang Jingyuan: Why is this thing being exposed now? Maybe in the hope that Leung Chun-Ying can get the message and voluntarily resigns. This is good for himself, the CCPs so-called face, as well as the whole situation of Hong Kong. However, if Leung Chun-Ying insists to hang on, then it is difficult for him to avoid the worst result, that is being investigated on corruption charges and ending up in jail.
In addition, Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central" has lasted nearly three weeks, Leung Chun-Ying announced to postpone the Q & A Session at the Legislative Council originally scheduled on Thursday due to security issues.
Chairman of League of Social Democrats, “Longhair" Leung Kwok-Hung felt, previous dispersive actions on Lung Wo Road proved police have enough police force to cope. There is no personal safety issues for Leung Chun-Ying to go to the Legislative Council, and his excuse is lying and afraid of being questioned.
Sin Chung-kai: He cannot avoid it. For the last two weeks he has completely evaded questioning about him, he did not see reporters or answer reporters about his corruption case.If he comes to the Legislative Council, he has to answer, I think he wants to gain time to deal with his personal problems, his corruption problem.
On the 14th, Wall Street Journal editorial page’s editor Hugo Restall commented that Hong Kong’s protest was mainly due to Leung Chun-Ying’s political “mainlandization". In 1979, when Leung Chun-Ying was just 24, he had led a group visiting Shenzhen, and provide land exploration and management expertise. His official rank has been rapidly rising since then.
The article describes, Leung Chun-Ying as a loyalist of the Communist Party, and he also asks other people to do so, that caused even his left-wing colleagues to hate him. Hence, Hong Kong protesters believe Leung Chun-Ying will not change, or think about the interests of Hong Kong. This is why Leung Chun-Ying has to resign in order to solve Hong Kong’s crisis.
Tang Jingyuan: Whenever the situation has eased, he would do something that caused the whole situation to tense up, this has been repeated several times. In fact, he is a representative of Jiang Zemin’s faction in Hong Kong, so he thinks he has some background, so he will control the whole thing according to the intent of Jiang Zemin’s faction. Therefore, there is no way for him to resign voluntarily.
The Wall Street Journal’s article also mentioned, Leung Chun-Ying is still advocating Hong Kong to be integrated into mainland. The Liaison Office has been blatantly interfered in Hong Kong’s local politics, and become a second government.
Interview/Zhu Zhishan Edit/Wang Ziqi