CY Leung junior is proving just like dad

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 3:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 4:26am

CY Leung junior is proving just like dad

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may have grown used to Hongkongers' verbal attacks against him, but he probably did not expect the online community to switch their target to another CY Leung - his younger daughter Leung Chai-yan - over the weekend. The 22-year-old who is studying law in Britain was rounded on after she posted on Facebook that the vicious stabbing of former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to had nothing to do with press freedom.

The younger Leung - who appears to have inherited her father's penchant for hitting back and refusing to back down - has released a 714-word statement in response to angry internet users' abusive comments about her post. "I completely stand by the remarks I made," she wrote. "It seems to me that [internet users] have a lot of free time on their hands, and it puzzles me as to why they would wish to spend so much of their time trawling through my social media page and making such comments."

While the younger Leung said the attack against Lau had "enraged" her, she was also angered that some Hongkongers "exploited" the crime to the anti-government movement's advantage. The two matters were unrelated, she said. The chief executive has yet to respond to his daughter's controversial comments, leaving Hongkongers guessing whether he would be proud of her remarks, or if he would rather she just shut up and save him from more trouble.


Chan's school helps special-needs pupils

When executive councillor Bernard Chan set up a private Christian primary school for his sons to go to a few years ago, some questioned whether many other children would enrol. But Chan said on Tuesday that the school now had 20 pupils, including his younger son. He suggested that since the school's curriculum and teaching methods were more flexible than those in public schools, it had attracted parents of children with special needs, which now accounted for half of the school's enrolment.

On whether it would be difficult for pupils to adapt to life in public secondary schools, Chan said: "My elder son just graduated from the private school, but since he previously studied in a public primary school, the real test will come only when my younger son graduates." The younger boy has never attended a public school.


New marine chief just like 'Buzz Lightyear'

Former information services director Michael Wong Wai-lun faces many challenges in his new role at the helm of the Marine Department, but at least he knows he won the admiration of his former colleagues from the Information Services Department. A group of information officers have created an interesting farewell gift for their former boss - a poster of Toy Story cartoon character Buzz Lightyear. "Michael works very fast and he always yells: 'Let me do it!'" a source said. "He is just like the cartoon space ranger." Wong is expected to have to navigate treacherous waters in his work in the Marine Department, dealing with the aftermath of the 2012 Lamma ferry disaster, for which the department was heavily criticise. Will Buzz Lightyear manage to turn this obstacle into opportunity? We shall see.