Ken Chow must ‘clearly’ explain reasons for shock election exit, says Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Leung confirms corruption watchdog had launched an investigation after the Liberal Party member announced last week that he would quit the Legislative Council election race
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has said that the Liberal Party’s Ken Chow Wing-kan should “explain the situation clearly” after his surprise announcement that he would stop all electioneering, fearing for “higher-level troubles and a heavy price” for those close to him.
Asked whether the case would affect public confidence in a fair and clean election, Leung said on Tuesday morning that the case had been reported to the Independent Commission Against Corruption and an investigation would be carried out.
“But the mystery can only be solved by the person concerned,” Leung said, without naming Chow. “The one who raised the subject should explain it clearly.”
During a live televised forum last Thursday, Chow made a tearful announcement that he would stop campaigning for the Legislative Council election on 8 September, where he is contesting the New Territories West constituency.
Labour Party members subsequently filed complaints to the election watchdog, which replied to the politicians on Monday stating that it would look into possible violations of section 8 of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance.
Meanwhile, Leung said educational institutions should be clear that there is no room for discussion of separating Hong Kong from China, as it was clear that the advocacy of independence is in violation of the Basic Law.
“I have already warned about independence advocation in my policy address last year ... ” Leung said.
“I believe, as the chief executive of a city, I have a duty to remind everyone of that. And that all Hongkongers have a duty to defend the complete sovereignty of our country.”