Beleaguered Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung last night gave his first television interview since the 'car-gate' scandal broke two weeks ago - but viewers looking for more details of the row were left disappointed. During a pre-recorded half-hour interview on Cable TV by Allen Lee Peng-fei - the former Liberal Party chairman-turned political pundit - there was no mention of the case. Asked afterwards why he chose not to broach the subject, Mr Lee said it was because of an Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into the matter, but added: 'However, he did tell me before the programme that he did not have any intention to resign at present,' he said. Asked whether he thought Mr Leung's political career would be ruined by the scandal, Mr Lee said: 'It depends on whether he can revive the economy. If he succeeds, Hong Kong citizens may easily forget it [the scandal].' Mr Leung had been accused of making use of his position for personal gain after failing to declare on various occasions that he had bought a new car before the tax increases announced in his Budget. Last week he told a Legislative Council hearing he had no intention of evading tax and had made a genuine mistake because he was distracted by the love for his wife - mainland diving star Fu Mingxia - and their newborn baby girl. In yesterday's interview, Mr Lee focused on the contents of Mr Leung's March 5 Budget, although he did bring up the issue of a possible split among Executive Council members. The system of collective responsibility has come under attack recently after an Executive Council member without portfolio, Liberal Party chairman James Tien Pei-chun, publicly asked the government to revise downwards the increase in the first vehicle registration tax, which was unveiled in the Budget. In response, Mr Leung said in drafting the Budget, he had already sought opinions from political parties, especially Executive Council members Mr Tien and Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-shing. 'Yesterday, I had lunch with different political parties explaining the Budget to them, hoping to get Legco support. If they don't support it, it'll affect the economic recovery,' he said. On possible leaks from Executive Council meetings in breach of a confidentiality rule to satisfy individual member interests - as some have suggested was the case in Mr Leung's scandal - the financial secretary was upbeat about the team.