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Give my family breathing space, says Leung Chun-ying after daughter's ordeal

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 June, 2014, 5:41am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 June, 2014, 5:41am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has asked the public to give his family breathing space after one of his daughters admitted cutting her wrists.

Leung made the call yesterday after returning from a visit with his wife to Britain, where their two daughters and son study.

Their elder daughter, 22-year-old Chai-yan, posted pictures on her Facebook page on Wednesday showing cuts to her wrist and asked: "Will I bleed to death?"

Leung, speaking for the first time since the photos emerged, said: "Every parent cares about their children … and parents would exhaust every effort to help and protect their children if they are in trouble."

Chai-yan told a Chinese-language newspaper she was "going through something".

However, she did not link what had happened to her father's high-profile job as the city's leader.

The chief executive said: "What Chai-yan needs right now is a quiet environment. It's not easy to be the daughter of a public figure.

"I hope people who care about Chai-yan could leave some space … to her and my family."

In the interview, Chai-yan said she was "manipulated" into posing for a picture last week with her parents in Hyde Park, London, which was later published on the Leung-friendly website Speak Out Hong Kong.

"I was manipulated to go to Hyde Park and play happy family as a lame PR stunt by my father," said Chai-yan, a law student at the London School of Economics. Her parents were in Britain to attend the graduation of their younger daughter, Chung-yan, at Cambridge University.

Chai-yan added: "You can say I'm the 'black sheep' of the family. I have very strong views of my own. I do not believe in a lot of my family's views."

Professor Lee Sing, an expert in psychiatry at Chinese University, said that emotional distress might shape a person's perception.

He refused to speak about Chai-yan's situation, but said: "The one who the person said they hated the most might turn out to be the one he or she loved the most."

Chai-yan's use of social media has caused controversy before.

She received thousands of angry comments in March when she wrote on Facebook that a brutal attack on former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to had nothing to do with issues of press freedom.


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C Y got into politics of his own volition, so he's fair game for abuse & criticism, but his family should be entitled to their privacy. The media should leave her alone, and not use her story to get at him.
You are evil by evidence, CY is only evil by hearsay. You deserve to be put in a mental institution if you think innocent family members should be subjected to such treatment. It is people like you that shames us in Hong Kong.
Chai-yan's readiness to speak out against her father and his policies makes this a valid story, but not an important one.
John Adams
PLEASE - give CY and his family some breathing space !
His job as CE is probably one of the worst jobs in the world - and CY doesn't even need the money !
I'm in two minds as to whether to march or to counter march on July 1
CY needs my support !
Evil Leung Chun Ying deserves this!!!
What are you talking about? The child was only out to defend her father. What policy did she speak out against?
People posted angry comments on her Facebook represented that the people vowing for demorcracy are not fake demorcratic. They can't accept other's freedom of speech and they didn't have in-depth analysis in the issue. Because it is really no evidence to show the wound was related to the freedom of speech. Everything is under the speculation.


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