In a rare move, Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung made a public statement yesterday admitting that his elder daughter was receiving medical treatment for ’emotional instability’ and asked that she be left alone.
The chief executive’s plea came the same day that his 23-year-old daughter Chai Yan Leung caught the attention of local media for a series of posts on Facebook in which she accused her mother of physically abusing her.
“Every parent has this feeling. Every parent around the world in his or her heart thinks alike. Only a son or daughter would say something unpleasant about their parents, and not vice versa,” CY Leung said.
He asked that the public and media “give us more space and time” and said that his daughter had been experiencing “health problems” since going to Britain to study, according to SCMP.
Yesterday morning, Chai Yan Leung wrote in a post on her personal Facebook account: “My mother literally just pushed me up against a wall […] kicked me- I fell, hit my spine against corner of study table. Lovely.”
This was followed by a string of dramatic updates wherein she declared that she would be “leaving home forever”, as well as claims that she had called the ambulance but was unable to leave the house.
CY Leung said that he walked out of a weekly Executive Council meeting and “immediately rushed back” upon hearing the news. When asked whether his daughter had been attacked by his wife, he answered: “No. When I returned, police said no one was hurt.”
Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung confirmed that while emergency services had been dispatched to the Government House, the person who requested help “declined further assistance”.
This is not the only time Chai Yan Leung has landed in the spotlight for her social media activity, but in previous cases, her father has remained relatively mum on the matter in the face of the media and public. Yesterday’s incident, it would seem, called for some serious damage control.
“As the 20-something daughter of a principal public officer, she has been facing tremendous pressure,” CY Leung added. “I definitely don’t want to say anything that might affect her … recovery.”
Chai Yan Leung’s Facebook account is, as of writing, deactivated.
UPDATE [4:00 p.m.]: We missed this earlier, but posts to Chai Yan Leung’s Instagram account from this morning seem to suggest that the Hong Kong leader’s daughter followed through with her promise to leave home for good.
The first image posted to her publicly accessible account shows a bird flying over water with the caption: “Officially left home- brought the most basics with me- and the most valuable- a photo album with all my friends in it #ByeHome #imFinallyFree”.
The next image, posted at around 10:00 a.m., shows a mask-clad Chai Yan Leung sitting in a car. The caption reads only: “TA”.