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CY Leung’s wife Regina hits out at ‘cold-blooded’ coverage of daughter’s plight

CE's wife slams academic for being “shallow, ignorant, cold-blooded and unfeeling” in Friday's Ming Pao article

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 8:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 11:25am
 

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The chief executive's wife has criticised the media for its coverage of an online post by her daughter that depicted a slashed wrist, and urged it to stop reporting on her situation.

Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee also criticised academic Ivan Choy Chi-keung for being "shallow, ignorant, cold-blooded and unfeeling" in an article published in Ming Pao on Thursday.

In his article, Choy, a politics lecturer at the Chinese University, quoted Leung Chai-yan as saying it was her father's idea to take pictures in Hyde Park after her Facebook posting, and that she thought it was a poor PR stunt.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had earlier urged the public to give his daughter space. Choy argued that it was the chief executive who was exploiting his daughter and quoted the Chinese saying, "Even a vicious tiger will not eat its cubs".

"Mr Choy based his article on fragmented information he obtained by himself and from the media and used mean words in his malicious criticism," said Regina Leung. "Mr Choy's behaviour shows he is shallow, ignorant, cold-blooded and unfeeling … I worry for his students for having such a 'teacher'."

She said she did not consult the chief executive or his office before speaking out yesterday and stressed that the whole issue was "a family matter". At one point during the press conference she was handed a phone with an incoming call from a CY Leung, though it was not clear if it was her husband calling.

"What I am saying today is not a PR stunt, and I am not playing with words," she said.

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

Choy said Leung's response was inappropriate. "She doesn't have to shout insults in public," he said.

Journalists Association chairwoman Sham Yee-lan said Regina Leung should realise the news value and public interest surrounding "Hong Kong's first family". "She has been a public figure for so long. She should know how the media operate here."

Former security minister Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who faced fierce criticism when she spearheaded the ill-fated national security legislation in 2003, said Regina Leung had "the right to express her views". However, she added: "If she only emphasised that the matter was a domestic affair and [that coverage] should have ended by now, it would have been easier to bring the matter to a close. But since she lashed out at Choy, people will talk back."

Democratic Party lawmaker Dr Helena Wong Pik-wan said that Regina Leung's remarks were "unnecessary".

The Chief Executive's Office said it had nothing to add.

 

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scmpgt
I think CY's family violated the "love china" requirement. This family uses facebook, drives mercedes, studies in the UK. They should be using all mainland brands.
chaz_hen
Well, by doing the above (Facebook, Mercs, UK, etc) they're merely keeping close tabs with the people (families of the CCP "elite") they must answer to, right?
kctony
The culprit of the whole saga is of course, Facebook.
How did our CE, a patriot, let his daughter mired into such evil western creation which is prohibited in his motherland?
Snoopy
It seemed not sensible for Mrs Leung to respond as it would again attract public and media attention.
Wanlik@gmail.com
Every mother and father will protect their children. SCMP has crossed the line here.
daily
She's right in having to blast the press, and for stating that academic idiot for being shallow........The CE and spouse being in the public eye is one thing, but they have every right to keep their immediate family members and children out of the public eye............HK keeps asking for international democracy standards, but in many aspects, falls behind international dignity in doing things. Even in the United States, the press learns to keep Obama's children out of the spotlight no matter how incompetent he is.
One thing for certain is that HK journalism and the media is full of shallow and garbage dogs that report every bit of garbage they can get their hands on............and, HK academics are even a shallower group of idiots who hide behind their books, and then make fools of themselves when they want attention.
sundayatscmp
These are angry words of a desperate mother. Appropriate of not, she's trying to protect her family ,not the government. Attack CY on his policies is fair game. But on his family affair? Please, give the family some space.
Dai Muff
You can't drag your family out for PR and then ask the media not to look at them. That is ridiculous.
Byebye
Leung Chai-Yan happens to be the daughter of our CEO, and she is 22 years, a grown woman in her own right, and she lives by herself in UK, quite independent. Do we really know Chai-Yan? We may have views regarding her father's profession and his works because of his role as CEO of HKSAR. Whatever happened to Chai-Yan's life we have no idea, what we saw or read was her FB post, and from there so much issues and judgement arose. The enemies of the CEO obviously might take the chance to have a field trip to discredit him. Imagine Chai-Yan is your daughter, what will you do? Being the mother, Mrs Leung is just trying her best, right or wrong is not for us to judge. As fellow human beings, we may need to understand Mrs Leung, Chai-Yan's mother, she was merely trying to sooth or solve the problem with her daughter at heart. The whole incident surely affects the whole family.
chuchu59
In the past I had always admired CHOY's work and believed he talked sense. It seems this is not the case this time. I am quite amazed though that Regina had chosen to retort in public. She should have done anything, however drastic, in private. I am not sure how her daughter will now feel. Protecting her child is the right thing to do but shouldn't she be keeping a low profile so as not to drag her daughter further into this?

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