Leung Chun Ying

Ex-Communist raps Comrade C.Y.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 March, 2012, 12:00am

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Chief executive contender Leung Chun-ying was a covert Communist Party member, a former party member claimed yesterday. But Leung's campaign office quickly called the accusation unfounded and reiterated that he has never been affiliated with any political party.

A week before the city's top leadership race, the former Communist Party member Florence Leung Mo-han, 73, returned from Vancouver to appeal to Election Committee members yesterday not to vote for Leung Chun-ying for the sake of Hong Kong.

At the launch of her Chinese-language memoir My Time in Hong Kong's Underground Communist Party, Florence said she inferred from Leung Chun-ying's high position in the Basic Law Consultative Committee that he was a fellow party member.

In 1988, Leung, then aged 34, was elected the committee's secretary general.

'According to the rules of the Chinese Communist Party, such a position must be assumed by a party member. [Leung Chun-ying's predecessor] Mao Junnian must [therefore] also be a party member, as well as Leung Chun-ying,' she said.

She said Leung Chun-ying's recent vague remarks about the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown also suggested that he belonged to the party.

Earlier, Leung Chun-ying sidestepped questions on the 1989 crackdown in Beijing, saying he loved the country and the people, as many other Hongkongers did.

Florence Leung admitted that she had no evidence proving what she said, and noted that the written records of the party membership were kept by Beijing.

Only the central government, the then-director of the Hong Kong branch of the Xinhua News Agency, Xu Jiatun, or the party leader of the group to which Leung would then have belonged knew Leung Chun-ying's identity, Florence said.

She said should an underground party member be elected as the chief executive, 'the leader [of the party group in Hong Kong] will be the one who actually governs the city'.

'You never know when and where the chief executive meets with the party organisation and what decisions are made,' she said.

She also expressed worries that Hong Kong might gradually lose its core values, such as democracy, should it be led by a party member.

While Leung Chun-ying has for months held a lead in opinion polls over his rivals Henry Tang Ying-yen and Albert Ho Chun-ying, Florence Leung said Leung Chun-ying had earned such high popularity by cheating Hongkongers through 'concealing' his affiliation with the party. Florence Leung appealed to the 1,193 Election Committee members to either vote for Tang or cast blank votes on Sunday.

In a statement, Leung Chun-ying's office said Leung was not a Chinese Communist Party member and had never requested or been invited to join the party.