Mud is being flung today – at CY Leung by Lew Mon-hung, and by Guangdong officials against Hong Kong people. Not a good day for clean poltiics in this fair city…
Lew Mon-hung makes serious accusations against Leung Chun-ying
Businessman and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) delegate Lew Mon-hung was once one of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s strongest supporters. However, yesterday, Lew made several highly inflammatory accusations against Leung to the media. Lew claimed that Leung had offered him an ExCo seat when Leung was campaigning for the post of Chief Executive but had subsequently failed to deliver. Lew also said that Leung had lied about having asked a three-person group of specialists and lawyers to his Peak house in May 2011 to verify that the house did not have illegal structures. Furthermore, Lew told the media that he had evidence that would force Leung to resign. Lew’s comments have touched off fierce speculation in political and media circles, with some people saying that Lew is trying to divert attention from the ICAC’s corruption investigation into his role as Vice Chairman and Executive Director at Pearl Oriental Oil. Others have remarked that Lew has not yet provided evidence that implicates Leung of wrongdoing but that Lew’s allegations, if true, will have serious implications for Leung.
Hong Kong’s representatives to CPPCC make caustic remarks
At a meeting of Guangdong’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) yesterday, two of Hong Kong’s delegates caused a controversy by making derogatory remarks about Hong Kong citizens. One representative claimed that Hong Kong is hoping to restrict visits by individual mainland travelers because its citizens are jealous of the wealth of mainlanders. Another said that if Hong Kong did not have the Communist Party of China, Hong Kong would not even have water to drink. The second delegate also said that Hong Kong’s economy was entirely dependent on purchases by mainland tourists.
200 people flee North Point station as fire breaks out
A fire broke out in North Point MTR station yesterday morning. The mechanism of a protective door on the platform for passengers heading to Tseung Kwan O suddenly burst into flames causing thick smoke to billow through the station. As MTR personnel evacuated 200 passengers from the station, firefighters arrived to put out the flames. Train service on the Tseung Kwan O line was disrupted for three hours. Some riders were unhappy that MTR Corporation did not immediately provide a shuttle service and complained that the company handled the fire in a disorderly way.