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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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daily
CY's comments even make it more the reason for Paul Chan to quit..........if he had declared his interest in the property back last year, there was no reason for CY to even allow Paul Chan to even take on the project...........the very fact that he allowed Paul Chan to take on the project meant that he intended to let Chan reap some of the benefits of when the government reclaimed the property.............Garbage and corrupted politicians like Leung and Chan are the very core reason why HK is going nowhere but downhill................when will the Central Government step in and get rid of these losers that are dragging HK down.
the sun also rises
C.Y.stands by Paul Chan
it can be expected
they are twin brothers
embracing the same 'ideals'
building a better tomorrow
for we Hongkongers !
once Paul Chan goes
how can C.Y. survive ?
his last firm supporter
who knew each other
when they were both youngsters
those were the days
they struggled upwards
one as a surveyor while
the other an accountant
both rose to prominent
professionals in town
successful people
indeed !
now they are going to
fulfill their dreams of
serving our beloved
Hong Kong where
most people detest
them and have
no confidence in
their governance !
how long can this
situation last ?
only God knows !
chuchu59
What a load of trash. CY is covering up for CHAN because he declared his interests in accordance with government guidelines. Whoever received the declaration and scrutinized it but know there was a conflict of interest and advised CY to take action accordingly. So now the responsibility falls squarely on CY's shoulders. Did he not think there was a conflict of interests after the declaration? If not, his judgment must be seriously called into question.
caractacus
This city is steadily flushing down the drain by high level corruption and so-called "patriotic" political correctness. Because of the rotten Political Appointments System, C. Y. Leung has no-one else to turn to for support but a gang of Beijing a.s k.......g, self seeking cronies. He clearly does not realise that real leadership is a lonely job and he cannot afford to do favours or make excuses for anyone. He needs to boot them all out of Exco and start from scratch with honest, able assistants, no matter what their political affiliations. It will never happen, of course.
As in the run up to 1997, Hong Kongers will again soon be checking their foreign passports and looking for overseas destinations to send their money.
lamlm38
Leung cant even scratch his butt without BJ approval..
andreaswagner
it seems to be close to impossible to find any mainland puppets for the Hong Kong 'government' that are not crooks. Not a total surprise of course, as Hong Kong's new colonial masters have their own specific set of 'Asian values'. :)
Another Social Critics...
這一回,看簿熙來怎麼巧舌如簧.........BoXiLai Incident Fully Applied to 'CY'...
Au Man Lun(Ex-Macau Official) Incident of Corruption Fully Applied to Cheung C.Y., Chan M.P...
These Group of DisGrace are Only Trying Their very Best in Governmental Position to Squeeze-Out the Most, out from Selling-Off HK's Most Treasured Lands & Its Developments, thru Various Governmental Policies & its Implementations, Falsely-Said in Good-Sake for HK's Peoples...
Of Course 'NOT'...See HK's Land & Property - Its Tactics....Cunningly & Unwisely...!!!???
BUT...BUT...As 'CY' said Today using the '...Shortest Time...' to got the Most Money out...
Cause these Group of ShameLess really didn't know How Short-Lived They'll Be...............
One By One Stepping Down....Investigated, Bankrupted...Resigned...coming ....Prosecuted....
........................................ONLY........................................................................................................
ICAC's & Central China Government should Step-In Immediately...
........................................IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL of 'CY' & its related Group.................................
........................................FULL INVESTIGATION & COMING PROSECUTION...............................
........................................Do HK's Peoples Good Sake.... Another Great Achievement....................

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