Tsang must explain

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2012, 12:00am
 

Lawmakers want the chief executive to face the Legislative Council tomorrw over allegations of collusion, conflict of interest or bribery, despite his promise to review the rules of conduct.

The public is not happy either. Hundreds of protesters marched to Government House on Sunday in a protest organised by the Labour Party, urging Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to step down.

Tsang denied the accusations, but admitted he could have been more careful about accepting invitations from tycoons. He said he would fully co-operate with any probe by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Last week he was found to have travelled on private yachts and private jets. He was also planning to rent a Shenzhen penthouse from a mainland property tycoon.

Tsang has appointed an independent panel to review the rules designed to prevent potential conflicts of interest.

Brian Fong Chi-hang, a lecturer in social studies at City University, said there should be a system for the chief executive to make public any advantages and gifts he receives.

So Ping-chi, former chairman of the Senior Government Officers Association, said Tsang must explain himself to Legco and the conflict-of-interest rules for civil servants should also apply to the chief executive.

Other lawmakers said the committee was only to review the rules and not Tsang's case. They wanted him to apologise.

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