CY Leung sets date for Legco questions on illegal structures

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 5:50pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 December, 2012, 6:34pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will face lawmakers on Monday and address their questions about illegal structures at his home, the House Committee chief said on Thursday.

Committee chairman Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen said the chief executive would attend a 90-minute question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council at 5pm. Andrew Leung has discussed the meeting’s arrangements with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, he said.

The chief executive has faced mounting calls to come clean on illegal structures found at his two houses on The Peak.

On Wednesday his office accepted an invitation from the committee, saying Leung “welcomes the opportunity to have a question-and-answer session with members to discuss subjects of public concern”.

Observers say Leung Chun-ying must secure allies’ support in the face of a possible confidence vote that could go against him in Legco next week, as well as a special investigation and a move by pan-democrats to impeach him.

Nearly 60 per cent of respondents in an opinion poll released on Thursday said they felt Leung had lied about his illegal structures.

In the poll of 687 people conducted by the Democratic Party over the past week, 40 per cent of respondents supported the idea of holding a confidence vote on Leung.

The chief executive is expected to face questions that he failed to address in a 14-page statement issued on November 23, his first detailed account since the illegal structures were reported five months ago.

One key question will be why he chose not to disclose an illegal extension to his house at 4 Peel Rise, on The Peak, when he showed reporters around the property in June.