Tang must go: poll

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 12:00am


More than three-quarters of Young Post readers polled want to see Hong Kong chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Yin-yen withdraw.

The poll, conducted last Friday by Young Post, asked 91 of the paper's junior reporters whether Tang should withdraw from the chief executive race after a scandal.

A public uproar erupted when the media published a blueprint showing Tang's alleged illegal basement with a Japanese-style bath, a gym room and a wine cellar. Local newspapers called it his 'underground palace'.

Of those polled, 69 junior reporters said Tang should withdraw, while 22 said he deserved a second chance.

'Tang's integrity has suffered,' said Chan Shin-tung, 16, from Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College. 'How could Hong Kong citizens trust him?'

But Sha Tin college student Henry Lui, 12, disagreed. 'I believe Henry Tang should not drop out as his so-called scandal does not affect the community'.

Buildings Department officials confirmed the basement, which is around 185 square metres, was not part of the building plan approved for Tang's house in 2007.

At a recent press conference, Tang said the basement was his wife Lisa Kuo Yu-chin's idea and that he knew it was illegal. But he was experiencing marital problems, he added, and so 'did not handle the matter swiftly'.

The illegal basement is below a property owned by Kuo. She is required by law to remove it.

Speaking at the same press conference, he pleaded for a second chance. He said he would prove his integrity through his policies.