Chief executive candidate Leung Chun- ying's key campaign advisers attended a dinner organized by Heung Yee Kuk members at which a triad boss was also present.
Sources told Sing Tao Daily, sister newspaper of The Standard, that the high-end dinner was held in a restaurant in Lau Fau Shan around two weeks ago during which the campaign advisers sought support for Leung.
The sources said Leung's campaign director Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and supporter Lew Mon-hung, a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference delegate, were among those at the dinner, at which a former Wo Shing Wo triad leader named Kwok, also known as "Shanghai Tsai (Boy)," was present.
Around 10 members from the rural body who sit on the Election Committee that chooses the chief executive were treated to a dinner that included red wine, seafood and abalone at a cost of around HK$3,000 a table.
The sources said committee members such as Man Chi-sheung, Tang Lai-tung, Tsang Shu-wo and Hau Chi-keung were shocked to see Shanghai Tsai there.
When asked by Sing Tao, Law did not deny attending the dinner but stressed she did not know everyone at the event.
Lawyer Wong Kwok-tung said anyone who intimidates voters is guilty of an offense under the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance.
Lew and Shanghai Tsai were photographed having dinner earlier last month. Lew has reportedly been organizing dinners to persuade kuk leaders who sit on the Election Committee to support Leung in the March 25 election.
East Week. in its latest edition, reports that Lew, his female partner, and close friend Martin Kwok Ying-chuen, former chairman of Chung Hwa Development Holdings, had dinner with Shanghai Tsai at a restaurant in Causeway Bay's Crowne Plaza hotel on February 14. The second dinner attended by the ex-gang leader took place about a week later.
But Lew told The Standard yesterday he did not arrange any dinner with kuk members and that he merely accepted the invitations and did not know Kwok would be there.
He admitted meeting Kwok years ago at a social function but said they have not contacted each other since then.
Lew denied having dinner with Kwok on February 14. He explained he had gone to the hotel to meet his friend Martin Kwok.
In a separate development, restricted documents obtained by East Week show that former non-executive director of Hsin Chong Construction Group, Chan Ka-kui, had attended a meeting that discussed City University's expansion plans before his company won the HK$700 million contract to build two new blocks under an expansion plan.
Chan was invited to join the university's council by Leung after he became council chairman in 2008.
Chan had earlier denied any conflict of interest and said Hsin Chong was only awarded the contract after he had resigned from the company.