Tang seeks protection over alleged triad threats

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 March, 2012, 12:00am


Chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen has asked police to step up protection for him as the force's organised crime unit launched an investigation over alleged triad threats.

In the latest, bizarre twist of an increasingly bitter election campaign, the scandal-hit candidate said he felt intimidated by allegations that gangs could have got involved in initiating a fresh smear campaign against him.

A police spokesman last night confirmed they had received a complaint from Tang that was being investigated by the organised crime and triad bureau.

Tang said a gang-related member, who he did not name, had made threats to him through the media that 'black materials' would surface within days. He also accused a supporter of fellow candidate Leung Chun-ying, CPPCC member Lew Mon-hung, of allowing gangs to become involved in the election.

'Lew Mon-hung has met people with a triad background and stated the people provided information about 'collusion between business and government' involving me,' Tang said in a written statement.

Following a forum he attended last night, he said he felt his personal safety was under threat.

'After discussing the matter with my staff, I decided to report the matter to police.'

Lew last night rejected Tang's allegations as groundless. At the same time, Leung's campaign office issued a statement saying that Leung had often reminded his campaign staff to abide by clean tactics.

The developments come a few days after it was revealed that Lew, as well as Leung's campaign director, former senior official Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, joined a dinner that an alleged former gang member also attended.

Lew later admitted he attended the dinner and said he heard that some of the diners knew of evidence that showed collusion between Tang and big business.

The Democratic Party yesterday afternoon made a report to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, urging the graft-buster to look into the matter.

The party said Lew could have threatened the outcome of the election, citing the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance, which stipulates that it is corrupt conduct to threaten to use duress against an election candidate.

Late last night, Tang sent a letter to Election Committee members saying the alleged incident had tarnished Hong Kong's rule of law and the electoral process.