I've no regrets over marriage, Tang's wife says
If she could turn the clock back, she would do it all over again.
'I would still marry him if I had to choose all over again,' said Lisa Kuo Yu-chin (pictured), wife of Henry Tang Ying-yen. She choked.
'We promised at our wedding that we would go through everything together, for better or worse.'
Questions are growing about the credibility of the scandal-plagued contender for Hong Kong chief executive, this time over his handling of rumours that he fathered an illegitimate child.
'He is a sentimental person,' Kuo, 57, said on Commercial Radio yesterday, of the man she has known since she was nine. 'Over the last decades, even though he has strayed before, he has always come back. I know he loves me faithfully.' She gave him a score of 90 per cent as a husband and 99 as a father to their children.
Kuo adopted her husband's stance on the rumours, evading a direct answer to whether he had a child out of wedlock. 'I will not say anything about this again,' she said. 'Henry has already said that what he has done in the past has left him lifelong regrets. I think 'the return of the prodigal son' is most important.'
When asked whether Tang still kept in contact with his illegitimate child, she said: 'On this, I do not know. But we really want to protect the younger generation.'
Tang said on RTHK on Tuesday that he 'would not comment on anything that involves an innocent third person'. He responded to questions of an extramarital affair in October by admitting he had 'strayed in his love life' - he did not indicate if he had done so more than once.
When asked how many times her husband had been unfaithful to her, Kuo simply said: 'The biggest love to a person is forgiveness.
'I do not look back at the number [of betrayals] or why.
'This is not good for me and our marriage. He's always come back.
'This is the most important thing.'
She added: 'I do not have much feeling about [news reports on an illegitimate child]. He has tackled the situation himself. It happened a long time ago.'
Kuo said she had never regretted her marriage and had never considered a divorce.
They started dating when she was 19 and married when she was 29, she said. He was 32.
Tang has been criticised as having shifted blame to her about an illegal basement under one of their family properties, by saying it was her idea to build it.
But Kuo said: 'The whole thing was done by me.
'He was just protecting me. I had intended to build him a harbour of refuge, but it has turned into a battlefield.' She apologised and said she regretted the decision very much. 'I felt I was too greedy.
'Now we will rectify it as soon as possible.'
On the chief executive race, Kuo still thinks Tang is the best choice, despite many hard-core supporters expressing second thoughts about voting for him after a series of scandals pulled his rating to a record low.
'He is a person who can unite society,' she said. 'Society is very disunited now and this is not healthy. Henry can bring Hong Kong back on track.'
Kuo's affectionate and, at one stage, tearful, interview drew a female caller to express appreciation.