Leung Chun-ying

Beijing loyalist press Leung Chun-ying to come clean over illegal structures

Embattled chief executive says he is waiting for professional advice on illegal structures before giving more information in bid to end furore

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 3:39am

The Beijing loyalist camp has joined the chorus of voices urging Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to fully explain the illegal structures found at his properties on The Peak.

One Beijing-loyalist lawmaker warned last night that if Leung failed to clear the air, "it could hinder his governance and the people's trust in him".

Industry sector legislator Lam Tai-fai said he believed Leung had listened to the suggestions put forward at an hour-long, closed-door meeting with 27 Beijing loyalist lawmakers.

Leung later said he had asked the legislators to advise on how he should present his response to the controversy.

"Whether it is through a written statement, or an explanation to the public, or to the Legislative Council, or a media conference … the opinions match my thinking of giving a detailed conclusion so I can move on with my work," Leung said.

Leung has faced pressure from lawmakers across the political spectrum to reveal all. In a debate during the chief executive election campaign, he had denied having any illegal structures.

The Democratic Party will march on Sunday to press its call for his resignation, and three days later a Democrat lawmaker will seek a vote of no confidence in him in the Legislative Council.

Executive councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun urged Leung to clarify questions about his previous home in Stanley, where he dealt with an illegal structure more than a decade ago.

Earlier in the day, Leung had promised to release more information, in the hope of ending the intense scrutiny of his actions and allowing him to get on with the task of running the city.

He said his advisers were liaising with the Buildings Department about modifications to one of his two houses on Peel Rise. "After the professionals give me their advice, I will offer a full account once again to the public, to conclude the matter," he said. "I hope after that, I can concentrate on my chief executive duties."

Lam said: "I think he understood our doubts and worries, and understood that if he doesn't clarify as soon as possible, it will affect his governance, and public trust in him."

Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said: "Many of us asked him to do it as soon as possible, and not to delay it for too long. So he promised to give a reply to the Legco house committee."

The committee wrote to Leung two weeks ago asking him to explain in Legco his unauthorised installations. A Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker, Chan Yuen-han, said Leung was saying last night that he would reply the committee today.

The Democrats will march from Chater Garden to the government headquarters in Admiralty. Kowloon East lawmaker Wu Chi-wai will move a motion of no confidence in Leung on December 12.

The party's acting chairwoman, Emily Lau Wai-hing, said: "Many Hongkongers have lost confidence in Leung. We call on residents to wear black and carry audio devices [to create noise] to protest against Leung's administration this Sunday.

"Our ally Leung Kwok-hung has proposed moving an impeachment of Leung. In addition, we support a proposal from the Civic Party and the Labour Party to exercise Legco's Powers and Privileges Ordinance to question Leung in the legislature."