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Public Eye
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 4:56am

In bribery, there's always a giver and a taker

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Michael Chugani is a Hong Kong-born American citizen who has worked for many years as a journalist in Hong Kong, the USA and London. Aside from being a South China Morning Post columnist he also hosts ATV’s Newsline show, a radio show and writes for two Chinese-language publications. He has published a number of books on politics which contain English and Chinese versions.
 

Is everyone stupid? If not, why isn't anyone thinking straight? Ever since Lew Mon-hung unleashed his bombshell allegations against Leung Chun-ying, some people are seeing him as an innocent victim of the chief executive's dirty tricks.

Come on people, use your brains. Surely, you know it takes two to tango. If Leung is indeed guilty, then Lew, otherwise known as Dream Bear, is just as guilty. He claims Leung made up the story about hiring three experts who gave him the all-clear about his illegal structures. And he says Leung reneged on a promise to reward him with an executive council seat for his loyalty during the chief executive election.

The ICAC is investigating complaints by pan-democrats that Leung violated election rules by promising a payback to Dream Bear. For goodness sake, bribery is a two-way street. You have to have a giver and a taker. If Dream Bear agreed to take, that makes him an accomplice, if indeed there was a crime.

The pan-democrats rushed gleefully to the ICAC. They complained not about both the giver and the taker but just the giver. And these are our crusaders for democracy, justice and the Hong Kong way of life? They're buffoons who need to be unmasked.

No, Public Eye is not shining Leung's shoes. We want to see him nailed too if he is guilty of lying to the people and making shady deals with Dream Bear. But we always tell it like it is, even if that comes across as shoe-shining. It smacks of politics for the pan-democrats to target only Leung and not Dream Bear. Someone needs to say that, and we're doing it.

 

Pan-democrats should look into this, too

After the ICAC arrested Lew Mon-hung for alleged corruption involving listed energy company Pearl Oriental Oil, of which he is deputy chairman, he allegedly sought Leung's help to get him off the hook. That's asking Leung to obstruct the course of justice, for goodness' sake. It's a criminal offence if true. By reportedly asking the top leader to get him off the ICAC hook, Dream Bear wanted Hong Kong to be governed by the rule of man, not the rule of law. So how come the pan-democrats aren't rushing to furiously complain about that? Aren't they supposed to be our champions of the rule of law?

 

Election law has to be better defined

Why is everyone making such a big deal about Leung Chun-ying having allegedly offered Lew Mon-hung an Exco seat for his election support? Isn't that just a political reward for loyalty rather than a criminal offence? Rewarding political loyalty is the done thing everywhere.

Our election law says it is a crime to offer an advantage to vote or canvass votes for a candidate. As a candidate, Leung offered to build more subsidised housing for needy families to gain their support. Surely, that is offering an advantage to needy families. And it makes needy families accomplices. Why is this not a crime? Our election law is stupid. It needs to be better defined.

 

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choisuibun
If dream bear is one of the election committee for ce election and if Leung promises him a position in government in exchange for his vote, it is a bribery. Otherwise it is not. Don't forget the exco appointment and removal re solely decided by the CE. So if Leung told DB that he will gave him the exco post for supporting him and doing a good job in the campaign, what's wrong? later on if Leung thinks DB is not suitable for exco, of course he don't need to keep the promise. Leung as the ce has the power to remove exco member after appointment.
ianson
Dream Bear is not a target for democrats because he is not a public official. It would be strange indeed if legislators were found making a song and dance about every private citizen accused of a crime. It is right that they should focus their attention on Leung and not Lew. The ICAC will without doubt give as much attention to Lew as to Leung in its investigations.
And, yes, IF our law makes offering an appointment in exchange for support a criminal offence, we've got a problem.
Dai Muff
Bribery IS a two-way street, but Lew is NOT our Chief Executive. An investigation of one WILL necessarily be an investigation of the other. That is how the ICAC works.
Byebye
Public Eye, you do have a pair of sharp eyes! Agree - come on people, use your brain! Pan-Demoncratic, where are you when your action is needed?
22gt7
"And it makes needy families accomplices. Why is this not a crime? Our election law is stupid. It needs to be better defined."
But these needy families have no right to elect CY!!!! They are not qualified as accomplices. Can Michael Chugani clarify this allegation?
ling2777
ICAC stands for Independent Commission Against Corruption. The key is "Independent". It had happened in other place before that the commissioner of the ICAC was investigated and found guilty by the ICAC he headed. So to say who appointed the commissioner is not the point to be worried.
hard times !
Okay,both Lew and C.Y.might be guilty of breaching our anti-bribery ordinance and Election laws as well.Yet I wonder whether the ICAC which commissioner, Pak Wan-luk was appointed by the Chief Executive who is now a suspected culprit--a defendant to be sure, dare to prosecute his immediate superior. And once C.Y.is found to be guilty, the case will be presented to the Secretary for Justice,Mr.Yuen Kwok-keung (who is also appointed by C.Y.) to determine whether to charge Leung or not.How absurd the case will turn out to be ? Right ? No wonder C.Y.appeared to be so complacent when talking about his so-called corruption /bribery case.Maybe he firmly believes that he will never become a defendant and forced to step down or even put in jail----the first leader of Hong Kong to be treated in this way.
mercedes2233
Yes. Well said.
whymak
All good points, Michael.
 
 
 
 
 

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