Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.
Give my family breathing space, says Leung Chun-ying after daughter's ordeal
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.