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Paul Chan Mo-po

Paul Chan Mo-po is Hong Kong's Secretary for Development. An accountant and the former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), he was appointed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying after the resignation of Mak Chai-kwong following a housing allowance scandal. In July 2013, Chan was accused of a conflict of interest when it was revealed that he or his family had an interest in a plot of land in the New Territories that the government had plans to develop.

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Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stands by Paul Chan in land row

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 August, 2013, 2:06pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 August, 2013, 3:10am
 

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday reiterated his support for Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po.

He said Chan should remain in office despite the conflict-of-interest scandal surrounding his family's ownership of land on the site of a proposed New Territories new town.

On Friday Chan's aide, political assistant Henry Ho Kin-chung, whose family was revealed to own land in the same area, apologised for failing to declare their ownership and resigned from the government. Ho's resignation increased pressure on Chan to step down.

Both families' land is in Kwu Tung, which is included in the development plan for the northeastern New Territories. Both families are expected to receive government compensation of up to HK$20 million each.

"Ho's case is different from Chan's. Chan declared his interests in accordance with the government guidelines after he took office," Leung said, sidestepping a question about whether he knew of the Chan family's interests before October.

Chan succeeded Mak Chai-kwong as the city's development chief last July after Mak became ensnared in a corruption investigation. However, it was not until October that Chan reported to the chief executive that his wife, Frieda Hui Po-ming, held an interest in 18,000 square feet of farmland in the area.

Leung did not rule out setting up an independent commission to spearhead the project, as some have proposed.

"The Development Bureau and the civil service will continue to stay united," he said. "We will employ the best possible method to carry out the development plan. Whatever method we take, the purpose is to make sure the project can be taken forward as soon as possible."

Former civil service secretary Wong Wing-ping yesterday echoed calls for Chan to quit. "He might have declared interests according to the guidelines but that does not mean he meets the higher integrity standards [expected] of a top official," he said.

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rpasea
What is the upside for CY to continue to support Chan? It is easy to sack him so why doesn't he?
oasis
If the mainland government has any sense they'd realize having credible officials is important in winning hearts and minds... These jokers are making the government into a farce
oasis
If the mainland government has any sense they'd realize having credible officials is important in winning hearts and minds... These jokers are making the government into like a farce
mercedes2233
Even if I didn't dislike CY before, I would now. Paul Chan had behaved altogether so suspiciously there is no reason why he should be supported. I am sorry for Henry Ho who might also have declared his conflict of interest belatedly and get CY's blessing. At least Henry Ho has proven himself honorable and showed others how it should be done.
mercedes2233
Maybe for face? He did not want to admit that he had appointed somebody who was inappropriate.
chaz_hen
IS there a Chinese word(s) or concept of "conflict of interest" these days? I've heard through ancient long ago stories there were supposedly men of virtue in China but was that purely fiction? Surely it was based on something?
mercedes2233
利益衝突。This is different from 'virtue'.

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