Thursday, March 5, 2015   

Lee Cheuk-yan urges political party legislation
(07-31 11:36)

The leader of the Labor Party, Lee Cheuk-yan, has called for political party legislation to ensure transparency over political donations.
Last week, local newspapers cited leaked documents and revealed that Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying had donated more than HK$10 million to pan-democratic parties and individuals over the past two years.
Lee does not deny receiving money from Lai.
On Wednesday, the Legislative Council's Committee on Members' Interests asked five pan-democratic lawmakers to respond to public complaints that they had pocketed donations without declaring them.
The committee had received 12 emails from the public complaining about Lee Cheuk-yan, Alan Leong Kah-kit, Claudia Mo Man-ching, Leung Kwok-hung and James To Kun-sun.
Speaking after a closed door meeting, the committee's chairman, Ip Kwok-him, said as Alan Leong of the Civic Party had already clarified his donation, he will only need to provide further documents to the committee. But the other four lawmakers will have to respond to the complaints.
However, the Civic Party's Claudia Mo and the Democratic Party's James To denied accepting any money from Lai. The League of Social Democrats' Leung Kwok-hung said he has received money from Lai on behalf of his group. --RTHK   
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