Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing yesterday came out in support of Antony Leung, saying the financial secretary had already paid a high price for what he had done. Mr Li was commenting on Mr Leung failing to declare he had bought a luxury car ahead of announcing a vehicle tax increase in the Budget. Although Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa thought Mr Leung's actions were negligent, he rejected the official's resignation. Some lawmakers said Mr Leung should leave his job immediately to prevent a crisis of confidence in Mr Tung's administration. Mr Li, chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings, said yesterday he had full confidence in Mr Leung's integrity. He did not think Mr Leung was a greedy person looking for small gains. 'He is an honest and reliable man. He has paid a high price for this incident. His integrity is not a question at all,' Mr Li said. He also said Mr Leung wanted to serve Hong Kong people and the special administrative region government. 'If I were him, I would not resign,' Mr Li said. Henry Cheng Kar-shun, managing director of New World Development, also said Mr Leung had committed only a 'mindless mistake'. But the Bank of China Hong Kong's vice-chairman, Liu Jinbao, refused to comment on the incident. 'It is not a question I should answer,' he said. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, the legislator representing the legal sector, also called on Mr Tung to attend a Legislative Council meeting to answer questions. In a letter to the Legco House Committee chairwoman, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, Ms Ng said that Mr Tung should give clear answers to why he found Mr Leung's conduct only negligent. Ms Ng said Mr Tung should also reply to allegations that an Executive Council member had proposed altering the minutes of its March 5 meeting.