Image credit: Jonathan Wong, SCMP.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong this weekend to call for CY Leung‘s resignation shortly before the Chief Executive faced lawmakers to defend himself over revelations that he built numerous structures on his property illegally.
In the first big public protest over the saga, about 400 people – holding placards and chanting “CY step down” – said they had had enough of a “cheating” chief executive.
“Leung has no integrity at all. He just cannot stop lying,” one protester said. “I still remember how he attacked [chief executive rival] Henry Tang Ying-yen about his basement during an election forum [in March].”
At the time, Leung criticised Tang for having a luxurious 2,300sq ft illegal basement under his Kowloon Tong house. The attack has come back to haunt Leung after he admitted, on November 23, having a much smaller, unused illegal extension in the basement of his own house at 4 Peel Rise, among several other illegal structures. It was the first time he had owned up to the structures since the media disclosed the unauthorised works five months ago.
Pan-democrats have tabled a motion of no confidence in the Chief Executive, which will be voted on by the Legislative Council later this week. In a meeting between LegCo lawmakers and Leung on Monday evening, leading Democrat Albert Ho accused Leung of “being dishonest and said his integrity is bankrupt” according to the SCMP.
Wong Yuk-man said the controversy is not about illegal structures but about Leung’s integrity because Leung accused rival Henry Tang Ying-yen of having illegal structures in his home.
Wong said Leung is a liar and asked whether he has the “face” to serve as chief executive.
In a poll by the SCMP, a massive 76 percent of respondents said they were not convinced by Leung’s explanation regarding the illegal structures.