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Cross the line and you'll pay the price, police warn triad leader in secret meeting

Police caution triad faction leader in Yuen Long against creating trouble in Saturday's public forum on Hung Shui Kiu new town proposal

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 September, 2013, 12:49pm

"If they cross the line, they will pay the price" was the stern message from police to a Yuen Long triad leader in a secret meeting yesterday.

The meeting with the faction leader of the 14K triad came four days before a public forum on a new town planned for Hung Shui Kiu in the northwest New Territories, a police source said.

"He has been told that police will not tolerate any trouble, and must take action against them if they cause any trouble," the source said.

The leader was warned that police did not want a repeat of the scuffles that marred Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's meet-the-people session in Tin Shui Wai last month, the source said.

After the conflict between pro-establishment and pan-democratic groups at the event, police arrested four suspected triad members.

Members of Sun Yee On's Tuen Mun faction and 14K's Yuen Long faction were believed to have been called in to support the pro-establishment groups. They included the Yuen Long faction leader's henchmen.

It was also alleged that some Sun Yee On triad members were paid for attending the event.

But despite the arrests, Chief Superintendent Kwok Ho-fai of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau said last week there was no evidence that the triads had infiltrated Hong Kong politics.

The triad faction leader met by police yesterday is a villager and landlord in Yuen Long.

It was believed the man supported the plan to develop Hung Shui Kiu because he would get a huge sum of money if the government resumed his land for the new development, another source said. "He doesn't really want to help the government," the source said. "He just wants to help himself and guarantee his own interests."

The source said police met the leader because they were concerned he would mobilise his henchmen to muzzle protesters who opposed the project.

The man was understood to be one of the rural leaders who attended a dinner with Leung's election campaign aides in February last year, which led to rumours Leung had triad links.

The faction leader was also among 130 people arrested in a crackdown against triad groups Wo Shing Wo and 14K in August last year. Both groups are active in the Yuen Long district.

Yesterday, a police spokeswoman said police would not tolerate any violence or triad activities, and would spare no effort to combat any illegal acts.

The public forum on Saturday afternoon will be held in Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium.

Planning Department assistant director Amy Cheung Yi-mei will attend the three-hour forum, and police tactical unit officers will be deployed to guard the area.

More than 50 members of a concern group for squatters in Yuen Long's Tan Kwai Tsuen and Wo Ping San Tsuen will also attend the forum.

Although the two villages, located south of the proposed new town, will not be razed under the plan, the group fears the government may change its mind.

The proposal - which divides Hung Shui Kiu into zones for commercial, logistics and technology, and residential use - will displace about 1,400 households.

 

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herman315
nothing to say to police
CatInAFlap
Official response on this required by police. Secret meetings with gangsters to stitch up situations is in flagrant breach of the law. Public inquiry NOW!!!
KwunTongBypass
I am wondering how many, and where the secret meetings between the Government and the other 'stakeholders' in land developments in Hong Kong take place?
norodnik
Just check out the Exco weekly meeting schedule....
norodnik
Where is the Hong Kong Elliot Ness? We know who the real Untouchables are...but give us some face!
the sun also rises
As this Old Hong Kong well knows,being a triad member itself is a serious crime in Hong Kong ever since the British colonial era ! I just don't understand why this triad leader of Yuen Long's 14 K---a landlord of Hung Shui-kiu and villager there too was not arrested instead he was warned by the police not to cause any trouble during the upcoming forum in Yeun Long on the development of Hung Shui Kiu where this triad leader-****-landlord will grab lots of compensation from the government ! As expected, the protesters of the planned development project will emerge outside the venue of the forum and a similar scuffle (as in Tin Shui Wai on August 11 th ) may have break out between the triad members of Yuen Long's 14K and the protesters from the two villages concerned and their supporters ! Just wait and see.
daily
The way the police are acting, they are no better than the triads in HK.........they are just as dark as the way people perceive the triads..........the only difference is that the triads make more money and live a grand life, while the HK policemen only earn a meagre salary...............Ha!
Dai Muff
Ah so the police deny there was any evidence of triad involvement in politics but then clamp down on further triad involvement in politics. You could not make this stuff up.
slicead
All kinds of decisions and agreements get made behind the scenes all the time. To have law enforcement talking it up in the press suggests either a deal has been made or some type of confrontation will occur. More importantly, the story says: "Members of Sun Yee On's Tuen Mun faction and 14K's Yuen Long faction were believed to have been called in to support the pro-establishment groups...It was also alleged that some Sun Yee On triad members were paid for attending the event".
"Called in to support", by who?
"Triad members were paid for attending the event", by who?
I can't believe what I am reading.
CatInAFlap
I'm not stupid, I know deals are made behind the scenes all the time. I'm only pointing out that for any legal system worth the name to work, deals shouldn't depend on how much muscle or money you have. Give way to the gangsters and you are on a slippery slope. Also, you've obviously never been the victim of the evil that is organised crime, well not knowingly anyway.
slicead
The legal system was created by the "haves" to protect themselves, not the "have nots". Politicians claim to serve the best interests of the people, but do they, really? It's been that way since the dawn of civilization. Pharaohs from Egypt hired foreign mercenaries to win wars. In the name of weapons of mass destruction, Iraq was robbed clean with zero such weapons ever found. It's always about muscle and money.
norodnik
Green Bamboo all over again...
CatInAFlap
Here was me thinking that being, or claiming to be, a triad member was an offence under Hong Kong law. Why are police having "secret" meetings with criminals instead of arresting them? I'll tell you why, because the gangsters have more power, influence and authority than the police. This proves it. The Chinese leadership are off the firm view - read your history - that their are "patriotic" triads and "unpatriotic'' triads in Hong Kong. The law doesn't come into the equation.
wwong888
you are correct. also, i think this is just PR. basically trying to disassociate the establishment from the triads... even though most observers suspect that pro-govn't forces are actually hiring and paying triads to act as enforcers at these events...
 
 
 
 
 

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