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Leung Chun-ying

Hong Kong chief executive’s troubled daughter leaves hospital, flies to London

Leung Chai-yan makes the announcement in a Facebook post weeks after her father says he will not seek another term to spare his family ‘unbearable pressure’

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 December, 2016, 4:02pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 December, 2016, 10:46pm

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s troubled daughter says she has left hospital and flew to London on Wednesday morning, three weeks after her father cited family reasons for pulling himself out of the city’s leadership race next March.

Leung Chai-yan, 25, wrote on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chaiyan.leung) at 9.22am on Wednesday: “Back in London!!! Sooo happy! My second favourite city/home in the world!” By 6.30pm, it had attracted about 600 responses from internet users, mainly “likes”. Some also left comments, asking her to take care.

On December 9, Leung Chun-ying left the city stunned and threw next year’s chief executive election wide open by announcing that he would not seek a second term to spare his family “unbearable pressure”.

On the eve of the shock announcement, Leung was seen at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where his daughter was said to have been receiving treatment for an unspecified ailment for at least a month.

Chai-yan’s Facebook post came two days after her mother, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, hit back in public at what she called “spurious comments” by Starry Lee Wai-king, head of the city’s largest pro-government party, about Chai-yan’s health and her relationship with Regina Leung.

Chai-yan’s health first became a matter of concern when she posted what looked like a wrist-slashing picture on Facebook in mid-2014, with the caption: “Will I bleed to death?”

Within days, the chief executive and his wife flew to London where she was studying. A picture of them with Chai-yan in Hyde Park, apparently released by Leung’s office, seemed to show a happy family, revealing little about any problems within Government House.

Meanwhile, the University of Hong Kong’s public opinion programme announced that Leung Chun-ying’s popularity rating had increased to 39 per cent – up 4 percentage points from the last survey conducted before he said he would not seek re-election.