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Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.

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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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Dai Muff
"Count how many times Apple Daily has been accused of misreporting stories " No. Just count WHO is doing the accusing.
daniel18
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!
Dai Muff
You clearly did not see just who were the "rubbish youngsters" swearing (even at the police) and using violence at Tin Shui Wai yesterday. Clue: many of them wore surgical masks. One was eleven years old
maecheung
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.
chuchu59
CY did the right thing in supporting the police. All leaders should do that but it took him a full week to do that. So why the delay? Most leaders would jump at the opportunity to win the confidence of his/her followers. As for apologies from those who reported possible conflicts of interests to ICAC ON Barry and Franklin what has this guy been smoking. People rightly raised suspicions and if you have to apologise every time every time THE ICAC concludes there is no evidence corruption shall soon rear its ugly head again.
impala
Whatever you may think of the case - basing a judgement on YouTube videos is a first for a head of 'state' as far as I know.

Also, apologies for reporting suspicious behaviour to the relevant law-enforcement agency? What is this, kindergarten? If the messieurs (and the few mesdames) in government can't stand the heat, they should get out of the kitchen.
maecheung
It's only FAIR to apologize to someone when you accuse that person for any wrongdoings without any evidence!
lkwbch2005
Report to ICAC or accuse someone to ICAC? Don't be confused.
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?

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