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Donald Tsang

Doubts surround Tsang

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 February, 2012, 12:00am

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Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen might seem a little less hesitant than his ex-colleague Henry Tang Ying-yen in admitting his mistakes, but that is not enough to convince the media and the public that he is clean.

Tsang sailed to Macau on a HK$152 million super-yacht owned by a billionaire, flew to Phuket on a private jet, that reportedly belongs to tycoon Cheung Chung-kiu, for a holiday. He also agreed to rent a 6,500 sq ft, three-storey luxury flat in Shenzhen developed by tycoon Wong Cho-bau. This has left the public wondering whether Tsang might be taking advantage of his status. Tsang says he paid the price of a ferry ride for the super-yacht trip and economy class airfare for the ride on the private jet. Wong said he will rent the flat to Tsang for 80,000 yuan (HK$98,430) a month, although he has spent more than 10 million yuan decorating it.

In a poll conducted by Young Post last Friday to which 37 readers responded, 89 per cent said Tsang had crossed the line with his trip to Macau on the private yacht.

Tiffany Chan, 16, from Diocesan Girls' School, thinks Tsang has been abusing his rights and his status.

'No one can be sure if he is taking bribes, but for a chief executive, integrity is very important. All civil servants cannot even receive benefits worth more than HK$500, let alone any other extravagant rewards, like a private jet ride! Why does he think it's all right for him to receive those benefits?' she said.