Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong hits back at claims developers hindered Leung Chun-ying

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 5:15am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 December, 2013, 5:15am

Sun Hung Kai Properties' co-chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong yesterday said neither his company nor other real estate developers he knew of had ever affected the government's policymaking.

Kwok's comments came as pro-Beijing political heavyweight Maria Tam Wai-chu said in a radio interview yesterday morning that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's efforts since taking office might have been hampered by local tycoons.

"[Leung] has been working hard to tackle some of the long-standing problems we have, but his attempts to boost land supply might have offended some big businesses," Tam said.

"If you're constrained from doing anything, there's no way to show your ability."

Tam added that Leung's critics are finding other reasons to attack him now that they can no longer accuse the government of colluding with land developers.

At a charity event yesterday afternoon, Kwok described Tam's comments as "very unfair" and quoted another tycoon, Li Ka-shing, who said it was implausible that land developers could influence the government.

"Big businesses only reflect their views to the government. It is the government's decision whether they listen," Kwok said.

"Neither Sun Hung Kai Properties nor the Kwok family, nor any land developers that I personally know, would plant any political landmines [for the government]."

Tam also dismissed views suggesting that Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Wang Guangya's comment about inadequacies in the chief executive's duty trips to Beijing were a warning to Leung.