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Dust yet to settle

Eddie Luk

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Leung Chun-ying was dragged through the mud yesterday by pan-democrats who accused him of lying his way up the ladder to the city's top post.

But although the chief executive emerged from the 90-minute session with the pro-establishment camp backing his integrity and declaring he had a right to remain in office until his term ends, the dust has yet to settle.

The Labour Party's Lee Cheuk-yan said he will try to launch a motion next Wednesday to invoke the Powers and Privileges Ordinance to investigate whether Leung lied in the illegal structures row.

And the Democratic Party will press on with a motion of no confidence against Leung tomorrow.

The 20 pro-democracy lawmakers said they will consult lawyers to see if there is any legal basis to initiate moves to impeach Leung.

During yesterday's special Legislative Council question-and-answer session, Leung faced a barrage of calls to step down over the illegal structures at his Peak home.

"You are lying," proclaimed the voice of defeated chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, who was not there in person but whose voice - recorded during the election debate with Leung in March - was replayed by "Mad Dog" Raymond Wong Yuk-man.

Albert Chan Wai-yip also stood up and shouted: "Henry Tang comes."

The People Power lawmakers who lambasted Leung were removed from the chamber.

Even some pro-government legislators asked Leung if his integrity had been compromised both by the illegal works and his handling of

Leung apologized twice for his negligence but insisted he had never said there were no illegal structures at his residence during the election campaign.

Elizabeth Quat of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong asked how Leung, a building surveyor by profession, could describe the underground basement at his home at No 4 Peel Rise as being around 200 square feet when a Buildings Department probe last month found it to be more than 320 sq ft.

"Looking back at the incident, although I had no intention to hide anything, I have to admit that I was negligent and did not explain the situation clearly," Leung said. "For this, I have to apologize to all citizens."

Leung also admitted his decision to build a wall to seal off the basement could cause misunderstanding.

"For this, I am willing to accept citizens' criticism," he said.

Liberal Party lawmaker James Tien Pei-chun asked Leung whether he had thought that by sealing off the basement he felt the problem no longer existed, which is why he claimed he had no illegal structure during the election campaign.

"Based on my memory, I have never said that there were no illegal structures," Leung said.

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