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Chief Executive Leung backs police over Mong Kok melee

Chief executive insists officers were provoked as he addresses public forum, and also says Exco members who quit deserve apologies

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 August, 2013, 8:57am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying defended the police and hit back at critics of his administration yesterday at a meeting in Tin Shui Wai, the new town known as the "City of Sadness".

He also took the opportunity to attack the pan-democrats' filibustering in Legco.

Leung started his speech by expressing support for the police handling of the melee in Mong Kok on August 4, when groups clashed over teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze's verbal attack on officers the previous month.

"We could not tolerate the small group of people who used the opportunity … to express their personal dissatisfaction with our police force," he said.

In a rare move, he also announced he had ordered the education chief to submit a report on the Lam case.

Leung said: "I stress that the police force who carried out their duty to defend public order was fair, neutral, unbiased and acting in accordance with the law.

"As we can see on internet videos, there were protesters there who provoked the police in different ways … The Hong Kong police exercised forbearance, while enforcing the law."

Leung reiterated that former Executive Council members Franklin Lam Fan-keung and Barry Cheung Chun-yuen deserved apologies from the people that reported them to the Independent Commission Against Corruption over possible conflicts of interest.

Lam, who was accused of profiting from inside information by selling two flats ahead of the introduction of new stamp duties, resigned this month, hours after the Department of Justice said it had insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

The ICAC also said it would not follow up on the Cheung case without further evidence.

He quit all his public posts in May when his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange came under criminal investigation, which is ongoing.

Leung said: "After the ICAC cleared Lam, not one person - including those who reported him or the political parties who stirred up the incident - said sorry to Lam, publicly or privately.

"The people who reported Cheung, too, did not apologise to him."

Leung stressed that the ICAC should not be used as "a political tool" and pointed out the government had now reviewed its conflict-of-interest guidelines for ministers.

The Democratic Party's chief executive, Lam Cheuk-ting, a former anti-graft investigator, said Leung's call to apologise was an "outrageous joke".

He said that the chief executive should not put pressure on ICAC or deter the public from reporting any suspicious case to the graft-buster.


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absolutely agree with CY Leung! CY Leung is a tough man! You also set a very good example to the rest of civil servant! Supporting our police force is also a must! Without police, radical parties keeps making use of "rubbish youngsters" to break the law and order! It is high time we must have the situation overturned!
Agree with CY that ICAC should not be used as a "political tool", it's a waste of public resources which can be better used to investigate the legitimate complaints.
Our this respected CE is big shame for SAR people no more words I can waste about this CE
Most corrupt SAR since 1997
Not yet. She needs to apoligize first.
hard times !
Apple Daily (which disclosed Chan Mo-po's conflict of interests and also Mr.Ho Kin-chung's family land in Kwu Tung North) is an evil media ? How about Man Wui Po and Tai Kung Pao (both are mouthpieces of the CCP but very poor circullation rate in Hong Kong ) ? Are these two newspapers also evil media as described by you ? The tactics used by the pan-democrats in town are dirty ? How about the tactics used by the pro-establishment elements ? Are they filty too ? I wonder. You are very biased in your comments ! Trying to mislead the readers or just air your dissatisfaction of the pan-democrats in town only ? Shame on you and your words uttered here in this Forum ! Shame on you !
I have posted a number of replies here but why aren't they shown here? Have the editors swallowed them to make this thread politically righteous?! Everybody has the right to exercise freedom of speech but if some replies have been burried, hidden or deleted just because they pin your eyes then I would just say, "It's a real shame, SCMP."
Oh dear God, to think I actually wanted CY to win when the scandals involving Henry Tang came out... one should indeed be careful what one wishes for! This guy is the worst that has happened to HK and he is really splitting up our society and widening the rift between the two sides.
I just wish CY Leung would get out of our faces and maybe hide himself in some far away country......Just so sick of hearing about his disgraceful and embarrasing events..........will never end until this guy just leaves HK.................
freedom hong kong
Given the rift that CY had caused to the society at large, whether you support CY or not, it is clear the best thing He can do for HK at this point is to resign ASAP
aloysha, mind your own language. U r the kind of people HK should be rid off. Strong words and personal attack doesnt lead to anything.



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