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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 5:29am

Where's the evidence for Lew's attack?

Lew Mon-hung, the bête noire of the pan-democrats, has suddenly become their godsend. Just when they thought they had squeezed the last mileage out of the furore over Leung Chun-ying's illegal structures at his Peak home, Lew jumped before the cameras and promised to spill more beans.

How this loose cannon became a key supporter of Leung Chun-ying when the latter was running for chief executive is anyone's guess. Leung's election team, led by Barry Cheung Chun-yuen and Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, now Executive Council members, must have been incorrigibly naive, incompetent and/or desperate. Now Lew is demanding payback and vowing vengeance.

Why the turnaround and why should we care?

Lew claimed Cheung told him Leung fabricated the story about having hired three professionals to check his Peak residence to make sure it had no illegal structures, a claim Cheung has denied.

When you make a serious public accusation like that, you had better provide credible proof. Not in Hong Kong, though. So far Lew has offered nothing, other than his words and his honour. But that's enough for our fruity media to report that Leung has lied, LIED, we tell you! And for pan-dems like Cyd Ho Sau-lan to threaten to invoke special legislative powers and privileges to summon Lew, Leung and others to testify before the legislature.

Lew is usually described as a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. In a less flattering light, he is also deputy chairman and executive director of Pearl Oriental Oil, a listed energy company which was suspended from trading early this month and is being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Lew admitted it was his recent trouble and Leung's failure to appoint him - as he had allegedly promised - to Exco and another top advisory body that prompted his latest action. It would indeed be a scandal if Leung had made the appointments. This is not the first time Lew has caused trouble. During last year's election, Fanny Law got into trouble for attending a dinner arranged by Lew at which an alleged triad figure was present.

How should the public react to the latest news? Well, let's see the evidence, in the absence of which Lew is no more than a crank.

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Pearl Oriental Oil is at least the third incarnation of a business started by a Chairman who started out as a Cantonese chef. As befitting his penchant for frying, Mr Chairman has refashioned his "business" at every turn to align with the business fad of the day: cyber whatever, now oil, God-knows what next. It's a surprise he is only now being investigated by the ICAC. And a guy who would serve as his VICE-chair is a pretty good bet to be all but a shady character.
His accusation is a non-event.
Syd Ho, please spare our tax money and do some real work for a change.
thung01
The story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf now needs to be updated. After the Wolf had eaten the Pig and returned home, along came a Bear who growled, 'I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down'. Unfortunately for him, the Wolf had done some home improvement to his house (legal or otherwise) and all the huffing and puffing was in vain.The Wolf then set his dogs on the Bear, and so ended his Dream of a honey paradise.
maecheung
Oh NO! Not this illegal structures again! Cyd Ho, don't waste any more taxpayers money to invoke special legislative powers and privileges to look into this, we the public are not interested in soap opera. Instead, please focus on addressing the livelihood issues facing us, housing, elderly care, job training for the young to build homes, etc....etc.
Dai Muff
Add up the people who say CY has been economical with the truth at times and you seem to have a whole lot of people, by no means all of whom are democrats.
captam
Much ado about nothing.
mymak
Go away CY. Go away Lew, Go away Ho. Long Hair put on your shoes.
Read with interest that the Gov'ts new policy to build more flats will mean we will have to import construction labour into Hong Kong because we don't have enough qualified individuals here. Can one of the four mentioned above spend some time to consider this issue in more detail. In particular we need an initiative that will train local youngsters to work in the industry, allied to some type of scheme that allows them to support their families in between jobs?
Or we can just carry on the same way for the next 4 and half years and achieve nothing.
 
 
 
 
 

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