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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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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.
ann.wei.121
I read the article, Choy was standing up for Leung's daughter for being forced to take part in a "lame PR stunt" by his father, and criticized Leung who hypocritically told the public that as a father he would do his best to "protect" his children. How cold blooded ? I certainly think that the one who orchestrated such PR stunt and the one who assisted are cold blooded and unfeeling, not the one who criticizes such act.
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.
53ae0c69-5e94-4706-924a-743c0a320969
Never been a fan of CY Leung but I totally agree with Mrs Leung that Choy's article is quite inappropriate. You can dislike the man but leave the family alone. These kind of dirty tactics would only generate more sympathy for him.
nmp_inc
Not a PR stunt? Than why did she talk to the media rather than calling up Choy himself and keeping it out of the media?
jimmybabe
So this is the person who may be advising our CE privately? She is entitled to engage in personal charcater assassination of a columist in the name of "I am not speaking in any official capacity"? If there is anything improper with any article that she particularly dislikes, she should counter it with another article and lay out her reasons and arguments. If the article is slanderous she should sue the writer. What she does is totally inapt. The professor ought to sue her back now to protect the integrity of his name and to justify his action, that is the least that he can do.
ejmciii
OK, probably best to try to keep things under control but when the kid puts it online it is a bit late to get angry at the rest of the world. These people get nuttier each day. You are a celebrity. It is going to happen if you invite it. It should be private but if you make it public what do you expect?
anthonygmail
No, most academics aren't very wise. Just look at those Occupy Central misfits.
Pokfulam2
That's fair comment from a mother. Even the gutter press in the UK laid off Prince William and Harry whilst they were still at school.

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