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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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CY Leung slammed for ‘politicising’ ICAC

Former deputy commissioner weighs in on row over independence of the anti-graft agency

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 8:32am
 

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The graft-buster sank deeper into controversy over its independence yesterday after its former deputy commissioner criticised Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for "unnecessarily and inappropriately politicising" it.

The remarks by Daniel Li Ming-chak came after Leung said those who filed complaints to the ICAC against two former executive councillors should apologise after the inquiries were dropped. In an opinion piece published yesterday, Li also hit out at defenders of Leung's remarks and said a statement issued by the ICAC Retired Officers' Association on Wednesday had thrown the anti-corruption agency into a credibility crisis.

He said the ICAC would be seen as siding with the authorities if it remained silent on the recent controversy over its independence and impartiality.

The row blew up this month when Leung said former executive councillors Franklin Lam Fan-keung and Barry Cheung Chun-yuen deserved apologies from the people who reported them to the ICAC over possible conflicts of interest.

Yesterday, executive councillor Cheung Chi-kong said he was "shocked" by Li's comment. "It is totally unacceptable if one equates someone from the government making a response with exerting pressure [on the ICAC]," said the Exco member who earlier criticised the chairman of the ICAC's Operations Review Committee, Michael Sze Cho-cheung, for "encouraging the public to file complaints indiscriminately".

The Chief Executive's Office would not comment on any individual remark, saying Leung had already stated his view that no law enforcement agency should be used as a political tool.

The ICAC yesterday said it was aware of the views expressed by former officers recently and that it would make no comment as a law enforcement agency. It reiterated that there had never been any interference with its investigative work and the presence of the independent Operations Review Committee was effective in ensuring its impartiality.

The retired officers' association issued a statement on Wednesday calling on the public to support the ICAC's work, saying it felt it had to speak out to dispel fears over its impartiality.

Association chairman Ricky Hui Kar-man said yesterday that the independent watchdog committee - consisting of members from across the political spectrum - was a reliable safeguard against interference, even from the chief executive. A member of the committee, Tik Chi-yuen, said all investigations had to be reported to it regularly and the agency could not close any case unless the committee was satisfied with the explanation.

 

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Camel
If CY is politicising ICAC so what are the pan democrats and all the radical rascal doing?
henleyhk
Please tell us. What are they doing? We want to know!
fsk999
From the ICAC website:
The ICAC is directly accountable to the Chief Executive and the ICAC Commissioner reports to the Executive Council on major policy issues.
So the CE is entitled to his views which are quite likely to have come from the Commissioner in the first place.
scmpgt
ICAC's ability to bring trouble to really powerful people make them a necessity in today's society. A simple normal person has no chance going up against corrupt tycoons and government official.
Paradox314
The ICAC knowingly allows itself to be used by some to persecute political enemies. They have allowed themselves to be politicized. The ICAC is dangerous. Anyone can make a complaint to the ICAC against anyone else and they have great power to make very serious trouble for that individual regardless of the veracity or frivolousness of the charges.
caractacus
The rotten Political Appointments System (PAS) has been exposed time and again as a vehicle for rampant cronyism and a path to favours and corruption. The abuse of the power of patronage did not start with C.Y. Leung, but he is clearly in denial and incapable of recognising that something is very wrong in the state of Hong Kong. Simply saying "I deny" or "I disagree" won't cut it.
Another Social Critics...
That 'CY' & Its Related Group is not only 'Politicising' ICAC's, even HK Police Department as Well...
Seeing after TinShuiWai's Incident...
Proof of that 'CY' & Its Related Group...Involvement with Triad Members...
In fact even from its Campaign to compete for Position of "CE'...
Did that 'CY' already be Proofed be Linked-Up with Triad Members...
After TinShuiWai's Incident, even HK Police did play Show to tackle local YuenLong Triad members, to demonstrate its seemingly Against Triad members...
In fact...Their Normal Job-Duties ONLY!!!
But intention in Separation of Triad Members linkage with that 'CY'...SORRY!!!
Hoping HK's Peoples to Trust HK's Police independent Role in that 'CY''s Linkage with Triad Members...
SORRY...Again!!!
HK's Peoples is Clear-Minded, especially Those see Through that 'Evil Nature' of that 'CY
& Its Related Group...
More will be Coming to see various governmental Department to stand-up in Covering-up that
'CY' & Its Related Group...If Neccesary be Employed...Again & Again!!!
Cause all Those still in Great Need of their Job...Dare not to Against their Boss - 'CE'...
Even Mrs. Lam Cheng did, not to mention any Departmental In-Charges.
As aforesaid, Only Those still craving for Profiteering, like Positions or Monetary Returns...
Like Chow Yung, Fred Ma, Mrs. Regina Yip, More will be Exposed in coming Time.
Those Employed For are still Begging for & from that 'CY' & Its Related Group...
DisGrace & ShameLess...
Deservedly Blamed!
sipsip1238
You're telling me that CY is not the pillar of moral and ethics who opposes all forms of justice that he keeps telling everyone he is?!? And that he is in fact just another corrupt minister who thinks he's above everyone and also considers himself "untouchable"? No way!!
XYZ
The ICAC is a shadow of its former self. The Alex Tsui affair revealed how rotten the organization had become; it's only gotten worse since then. Now it's a politicised, self-protective bureaucracy with virtually unlimited powers of investigation and arrest. One could argue that the ICAC is now as much a potential danger to citizens as it is a trusted protector. It's an open question as to whether we'd be better off scrapping the whole thing and starting all over again.
likingming
Scrap the whole thing and not start all over again.
Reminds me of Eastern Council (東廠) in the ming dynasty.

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