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Leung deflects heat on illegal structures

Eddie Luk

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chief Executive Leung Chun- ying has sought safety in numbers by pointing the accusing finger at unnamed officials and celebrities who have not told the public about illegal structures in their homes.

He also denied yesterday trying to cover up the illegal structures at his Peak residence, saying he did not think it was necessary to reveal them since remedial work was already under way.

"Some government officials and celebrities have not told the public [that there are illegal structures in their homes] after discovering their presence and carrying out alterations," he said.

"I thought that since I had already handled the issue [by carrying out alterations], the illegal structures no longer existed."

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Leung said he did not realize he needed to inform the Buildings Department when carrying out such minor works.

Leung's remarks came as building officials paid a second inspection to his home - three days after he disclosed there were two more illegal structures there.

On Friday, Leung said a 200-square-foot laundry room was sealed last November after he realized it had been expanded by the previous owner.

Getting the measure of a guest toilet and the expanded laundry room, the inspectors stayed there for about an hour. Senior building surveyor Chu Wai-yiu said they inspected the illegal structures that Leung had mentioned.

Leung said he has already asked authorized persons to contact the Buildings Department to arrange a meeting to follow up on the illegal structures at his residence.

However, critics have lashed out at the department for adopting a "double standard" in dealing with the illegal structures found in Henry Tang Ying-yen's Kowloon Tong residence and Leung's home.

Civic Party's lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said it appears that development minister Chan Mo-po and Building Department officials were more lenient with Leung than with Tang.

In a related development, lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun plans to move a motion of no- confidence on Leung at next month's Legco meeting. Democratic and Civic Party lawmakers said they will support the motion if Leung does not show up.


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