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'Will I bleed to death?' CY Leung's daughter posts pictures of slashed wrist on Facebook

22-year-old's 3am Facebook posts came as chief executive was flying to join her in London

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 4:05am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 5:13pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's daughter posted a photograph on Facebook at 3am yesterday that appeared to show her lying in a bathtub with a slashed wrist and the water tinged with red. Next to it she had written: "Will I bleed to death?"

The 22-year-old, who is based in Britain, posted a second picture an hour later - about 11am Hong Kong time - showing a hand covered in what appeared to be blood and wrote: "I love blood."

Leung Chai-yan's messages, which were open to the public, came as her father was on board a plane headed to Britain so he could join her at the graduation ceremony of her younger sister, Leung Chung-yan, who has just finished her economics degree at Cambridge University.

The Chief Executive's Office would not comment on the incident, but website Bastille Post later uploaded a picture showing the chief executive and Chai-yan smiling in the London sunshine as they sat on a park bench. Chai-yan is seen cuddling a bulldog perched like a child on her lap. Her wrists cannot be seen.

CY Leung's daughter Chai-yan should seek help from her family: Regina Ip

Another picture on the Speak Out Hong Kong website, often regarded as a mouthpiece for the chief executive, shows Leung, his wife, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, and Chai-yan in Hyde Park. The caption reads: "They had big smiles on their face and the atmosphere was harmonious. Obviously, they weren't affected by various unfavourable rumours on the internet."

Government sources said Leung had responded calmly when he heard of his daughter's posts after landing in Britain.

"He said only that he would follow up [on the issue]," said one of the sources. "Leung seldom talks about his daughters and son [Leung Chuen-yan] as it is personal."

The posts were deleted within a few hours of their appearance. By then, comments had been posted under the picture encouraging Chai-yan to "stay strong". But hostile comments accused her of seeking attention and said the cuts were "not deep enough".

It was not Chai-yan's first time to cause a stir on her Facebook page. In March, Chai-yan - who is believed to be studying at the London School of Economics - received thousands of abusive comments after stating that the stabbing of former Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau Chun-to was not an attack on freedom of the press.

"Why does the attack have anything to do with press freedom?! Come on people," she wrote. Despite the backlash, she continues to eschew tight privacy settings available on Facebook.

Labour Party lawmaker Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, who is a lecturer in social sciences at Polytechnic University, said Chai-yan's posts appeared to be a cry for help. "It suggests that a crisis is emerging," he added.

When asked whether any self-harm could be a reaction to the constant criticism directed at her father, Cheung said such cases were more likely to be related to personal affairs or depression.

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DinGao
This is an intrusive story which should not have been published abd which the Editor should pull.
Kubrick
If true, this is a young lady who needs help. The decision by the SCMP and other media in Hong Kong to report this matter amounts to a gross intrusion that suggests they have a total lack of compassion or any human feelings. Imagine if this was your child. The editor of the SCMP should reflect on this new low in journalistic standards.
daily
The only thing I found amusing was when looking at the pic, the daughter and the mother mismatched their shoes so that each is wearing one shoe of of the other's pair..........definitely some serious problems here.........
chuchu59
What has this story to do with duties that CY performs. If not, why should this be regarded as News. CY is our CE but he is also a father and he should be left alone to handle his own family affairs. I feel for the girl though as I would have for any other teenager with a similar issue.
impala
No it is not news. At all. Politicians and other officials are people. They have families and problems just like the rest of us. And just like the rest of us, they deserve some privacy and respect for those personal lives.

If a politician says something stupid on the record, messes up a policy, is corrupt or engages in any kind of even just seemingly criminal activity, then I want to see him/her scrutinised, reported and torn apart in the press. Such is the nature of holding a public office. However, when one of their family members is ill, mentally or physically, then the press should back the F off.

The mental or physical condition of his daughter is completely and utterly irrelevant to the duties C Y Leung fulfils in his capacity as CE of HK, and the news value of the garbage above is therefore zero.
kerale
Have some decency SCMP and put this 'story' in the bin. Is this supposed to be the Sun or the Daily 'Fail'? I don't even think those papers would go so low. Get a grip.
impala
South China Morning... Puke.

What a disgusting level of 'journalism' this wannabe-quality newspaper is descending to.

Do Jeffie Lam, Tony Cheung and their editors have any kind of integrity or human decency hiding in their thick skulls? It appears not.
dienw
I'm afraid I disagree with the correspondents below who think this is an invasion of privacy. This is a matter of public interest as, if true, the Chief Executive's ability to carry out his job at such a sensitive time in Hong Kong's history may be severely and adversely affected if he is also having to deal with serious family issues. It is very unfortunate but this development needs to be reported in a free and open society.
Having said all that (and for what it's worth), I extend my best wishes to CY Leung and his family at this time, if these reports are true.
gunzy
maybe we need to publicly report on the bowel movements of our chief executive then, since if he is suffering from any gastrointestinal issues it will affect the way he runs Hong Kong.
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How lacking in common decency is this line of thinking.
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He is the CE of HK, not his family; the more we display a lack of empathy towards our officials (elected or otherwise), the more incompetent the next ones will be.
yscj
I feel for CY as a father much as I don't like his policies and style.

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