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Pan-democrat lawmakers could face probe over donations from media mogul Jimmy Lai

Pro-Beijing group calls on Legco to investigate millions of dollars given to five lawmakers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 4:57am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 12:11pm

Five pro-democracy lawmakers accused of secretly accepting millions of dollars in donations from media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying may face official investigations.

This follows leaks of about 900 confidential files concerning business and personal affairs of the Apple Daily founder as well as his political donations. The leak has been slammed by pan-democrats as a smear campaign.

A Beijing-loyalist group yesterday asked Legco's committee on members' interests to look into the matter.

A member of a "lawmaker integrity" concern group said it had filed a report to the Inland Revenue Department and would hand another to the Independent Commission Against Corruption over donations of more than HK$10 million that Lai allegedly paid to pan-democratic parties and lawmakers.

"An inquiry by the Legco committee, we believe, could help clarify whether the lawmakers' non-disclosure constituted any conflict of interests," said Wong Kwok-kin, of the Federation of Trade Unions.

Legco rules require lawmakers to disclose "material benefits" from a single source where the total value exceeds 5 per cent of their annual remuneration, or one-off benefits over HK$10,000. As there is no political party law, there are no rules covering donations to groups.

Two of the lawmakers - the Civic Party's Claudia Mo Man-ching and the Democratic Party's James To Kun-sun - rejected claims they had received donations that were made in an e-mail sent from an unknown source to media this week.

But their stance seemed to contradict Lai's remarks on Apple's online talk show Hammer Out on Tuesday when he apparently agreed that he paid them "for electioneering".

Radical "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung and the Civic Party's Alan Leong Kah-kit - shown to have received HK$500,000 and HK$300,000 respectively - have said they did so on behalf of two pan-democratic groups.

The Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan, shown to have been paid HK$500,000 last year, was overseas and could not be reached for comment. None of the lawmakers disclosed the sums as required by Legco rules.

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said relevant matters would be handled by the members' interests committee of which she was vice-chairwoman. She added the reports seemed to be smear tactics.

An Inland Revenue spokeswoman declined to say if the lawmakers had committed any offence.

Pro-government protesters condemned Lai at Apple Daily's headquarters yesterday.

Additional reporting by Brian Yap and Emily Tsang

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daily
I think most people had suspected the Pan-Dems were supported from 'invisible" sources of money that they were not willing to disclose and finally it's now out in the open................of course this warrants investigation from the IRD and ICAC............Only an idiot like Alan Leong would think the public is stupid enough to believe that he received the money "on behalf" of his party........If the money was for his party, it could have went straight there instead of his pocket first...............What a BIG Liar and crook!
dharmakarma
Not only that, Alan Leong has a serious identity problem, speaks in a posh queens English with a smirk, dresses up as an aristocrat and impersonates that he and his team can fix HKs ills and take us back to good old days. What a bunch of bull....
hard times !
this case/event appears like ' a mountain out of a molehill'---produced by the local leftist guys with evil intention to defame the pro-democracy media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, accusing him of being influenced by external forces:especailly America in local politics----by taking anti-China stance and financially support several pro-democrats or their parties ! Yet as many Hongkongers wiith sense well know,the largest local politcal organisation: the DAB led by Tam Yiu-chung is the biggest receiver of donations from local business people,This Tam once claimed that his party needs more than HK$ 30 millions a year in its expenditure ! Jimmy Lai only donated more than HK$40 millions to his favourite political parties or politicians in the past two years ! What is wrong with that ? I wonder.
nkthean
We have several issues here, that warrant an investigation :
- Claudia Mo and James To indicated they have not received any donations, so either they are lying (in which case, they should be booted from Legco) or Jimmy Lai is falsifying claims of bogus donations,
- nothing wrong with these donations but are these donations declared to the rightful authorities ?
- did Jimmy Lai actually made these donations or he is just the frontman to do these on behalf of foreign individuals or entities ? is there money going from outside to Jimmy Lai ?
- to give these donations to deserving politicians who are contributing to well being of Hong Kong is alright, but the choice of doing it for Long Hair and Lee Cheuk Yan, two of the most disruptive politicians to the Hong Kong, speaks of the intent of the contributor, which is to cause as much disruption to Hong Kong as possible, but on whose behalf (his own, as part of the Taiwan Nationalist cause or his CIA friends) ?
Ant Lee
DAB and those bizarre "love" gangs received 100x more cash from Chinese companies from corruption and tax payers' money from the mainland communist government with the sole purpose to destroy democracy and rule of law in Hong Kong. So what is the problem with an individual donating his own money to someone to help Hong Kong fight for democracy? 50 cents, please advise.
hkqx
We have too short-term memory. Next media had successfully accused Mr Ching[sp?] a Legco member to accept money in 2001. This time table has turned the other way with multiple Legco members.
ubifrancehk
I think those "pro government" protesters should be investigated for accepting hand outs from the DAB and other pro-government organizations.
whymak
Even if Ms. Lau is not on the take from Lai Chee Ying, we must question why she consorted with former Taiwan president, Lee Teng H-ui, who always upholds Japanese rights in Taiwan or PRC territorial disputes with Japan. By also advocating Taiwan independence, he is likely a Japanese mole planted inside Kuomintang. This is why Beijing set the prerequisite for HK CE candidacy as someone who "loves" China.
The word love is taken here to mean one above suspicion of subversion and not a brainwashed Manchurian candidate like Anson Chan, Martin Lee and Emily Lau.
What's is wrong with that?
hard times !
You yourself sounds and appears like an underground Chinese communist member in the territory. Look at the mirror to see if you still looks like a graduate of the prestigious St.Joseph's College ( a Catholic secondary school) ? Shame on your pro-CCP words uttered here from time to time ! Move to Shenzhen instead lingering here in Hong Kong to pollute the minds of our innocent young readers ! Go
53919dad-e488-45a8-a2e5-0bca0a320969
this sounds more fishy than the US' superpacs, where Canter at least published how much he lunched and golfed, none of those who received donations here need to tell anyone, not even the tax office, how they used their money. a real pork barrel tis.

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