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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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scmpgt
Citizens in both mainland and HK people are supporting the government. In reverse the government can't support them. The gov has to be able to make decisions and remain clean to be effective. The only thing saving HK is that these stories still make the news. Once that stops, HK is in trouble.
agnescts
So who can do a better job that he does? Henry Tang?! I doubt!
agnescts
It's always the pan-democrats bugs who must resign. Given that they earn HK$84,000 every month just shouting in the Legco Meeting every time -- some of them just sit on their xss for a few minutes then go! What have they done to help us??!
I just hope the **** bugs could leave HK one day and never come back again. Sick of them!
hard times !
the chief executive now demands the Education Bureau chief to present a report to him on 'Ms Lam's Foul Language Incident' is just turing a molehill into a mountain--------making a fuss only ! That is really -------what the fxxk !
Our society, from now on, will be torn furhter apart as the father of Ms Lam Wai-sze said. I totally agree.
Just wait and see more conflicts of the two camps-pro-Leung and anti-Leung in the rest of Leung's term up to June 30th 2017 ! If he is not forced to step down earlier than expected on the excuse of a certain disease--not a foot sore (as Mr.C.H.Tung ) of course !
wwong888
don't know about you, but i actually like to eat crab a lot... so i wouldn't get rid of that in our society... due to this typo, we cannot deposit the 50c in your account comrade... but keep up the good work... all hail mao!
chaz_hen
There is no fair in politics. Individuals going into government jobs that increase their profile had better damned well be prepared to be skewered by the People and the media!
chuchu59
Tell it to the families of the Lamma incident victims. Seriously,if CY's government had apologised for their errors I think others are compelled to do likewise but if CY and co. doesnt do it why should others follow suit? Double standards?
hard times !
silent is the night,
so sad was the scene !
a forum in Tin Shui Wai
turns out to be a battlefield
outside, pro-leung and anti-leung
involved in a scuffle /melee !
a fat boy even actively
took part in it !
did he know what he was doing ?
being manipulated by grown-ups
with hidden agenda--------to badmouth those
pan-democrats in town for violence
used during the forum---which should be on livelihood !
Yet turned out to be a solo-show
of C.Y. who accused the pan-democrats
and pointed his finger at
ms lam wai-sze who safeguarded
the battered Falun Gong harassed
by Youth Care Association !
ICAC was said to be used as
a political tool ! how about the cops
under the hawkish gary tsang ?
we can only wait for his earlier
retirement and mr.Lo Wai-kwok
(who will become his deputy tomorrow !
to succeed tsang as soon
as possible to calm down the
heat between cops and citizens
in town !
whatever
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carmeledwin
The pan-democrats does nothing at all, except throw bananas, being foul mouth and being a joke in the eyes of the world.

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