CY under pressure to explain illegal structures to lawmakers
After court dismisses challenge lawmakers call on chief executive to explain to Legco
Pressure on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying over the illegal structures at his property on The Peak increased yesterday as a member of the Executive Council and lawmakers from across the political spectrum urged him to give a detailed explanation.
"I agree that he should explain the issue as soon as possible," said Executive Councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the day after the Court of Final Appeal put an end to a legal challenge against Leung's poll victory in March.
"Any further delay will put his credibility at stake," Ip said. Leung has said he will not comment on the issue because of other legal proceedings still pending.
The Democratic Party wrote to Leung, inviting him to visit Legco to give an explanation.
Legislators from the Democratic Party, the Federation of Trade Unions and the Liberal Party have also called for an explanation as soon as possible.
In their court challenge, pan-democrats Albert Ho Chun-yan and Leung Kwok-hung claimed the chief executive was not duly elected because he had breached the Basic Law by making false statements before and during his election campaign.
Before the campaign officially began Leung denied having illegal structures at his home on The Peak, but in June, three months after he won the Election Committee's vote, the media reported that there were six unlawful structures at his houses.
Federation of Trade Unions legislator Wong Kwok-hing said Leung should give a full account to clear public doubts as soon as possible. "It is important to boost people's recognition and the credibility of the government."
Acting Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing urged Leung to tell the public when and how he knew about the illegal structures.