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Tough love forces hand of Lew

Kelly Ip

Friday, January 25, 2013

The man who has accused Leung Chun-yin of telling a pack of lies says he still supports him.

Lew Mon-hung also insists that everything he said in the magazine interview will pass a lie-detector test.

"The only thing with which I disagree is the article's headline, which suggested I was trying to topple him," Lew said. "My attitude is to support Leung even though I criticize him."

He also does not regret having supported Leung during the election campaign and continues to back his catchphrase: "Seek change while maintaining stability."

Lew added: "For many years the government's policies had been leaning toward developers, affecting the lower class. I believe maintaining stability amid change is what people are seeking."

He said he stood up for Leung by debunking rumors that Beijing planned to replace him.

But his bottom line is now being tested.

"There is a bottom line. When this bottom line is tested, like what is said in the national anthem, one must stand up in the moment of crisis and disaster.

"I am human. I have feelings too. When I feel aggrieved I will have to tell the truth. I don't mind not having any public duty but I want to be a man with dignity."

In the interview, Lew said he has serious doubts about the ability of Leung to honor the "one-country two-systems" principle in the face of the pan- democrats' offensive.

"He doesn't even dare reiterate the first line of the Basic Law, that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an inali
enable part of the People's Republic of China."

Lew said Leung has never tried to clear doubts of those who feel he does not cherish the ideals of "Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong" - and is instead committed to "Beijing ruling Hong Kong."

He added: "His policies are negatively labeled immediately after they are announced, making it difficult for him to go forward.

"I believe he does not have the power, the talent or the capability to uphold `one-country, two-systems.' He won't be able to eliminate people's mistrust toward him.

"If he continues to govern, he will not only lead `one-country, two systems' onto a wrong path, but will also endanger the peace and unity between Hong Kong and China."

Standing Committee of the National People's Congress member Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said Lew has yet to present objective evidence to prove his accusations. She said only the parties involved know the truth but if there are other witnesses, they should speak out.

"My impression of Leung is that he doesn't make promises lightly," she said.

Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said the public will become even more suspicious if Leung remains evasive, and legislator Frederick Fung Kin- kee said the accusations raised even more questions about the integrity of Leung.

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