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'CY lied'

Eddie Luk

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lies, lies and yet more lies. That's what his staunch supporter Lew Mon-hung, better known as "Dream Bear," has accused Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying of doing before, during and after his election victory.

In a 10-page interview with the weekly magazine iSunAffairs, Lew accused Leung of failing to deliver on promises he made during his election campaign.

Lew says Leung lied about the illegal structures at his Peak home and that he knew as far back as March 4, three weeks before the election, that Beijing would swing away from his election rival Henry Tang Ying-yen.

The stunning attack came as it emerged the 64-year-old Lew has been formally arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in connection with the listed energy company Pearl Oriental Oil, of which he is vice- chairman.

The company's chairman Wong Kwan was arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption early this month. Lew confirmed last night he is under investigation by the ICAC.

Lew told Now TV yesterday he decided to unveil details of Leung's lying partly because graft-fighters were investigating Pearl Oriental Oil.

Lew said he wrote a letter to Leung but did not receive a reply.

"It appears that he has completely ignored me," Lew said. "During the election, I was one of his core supporters and we had close contact at that time. Now, he does not return my phone calls or reply to my letters.

"I do not intend to throw bombs at him. Instead, I hope he will give me the
opportunity to support him in governing Hong Kong based on the laws of the land."

In the interview, Lew said that in May 2011, long before he ran for office, Leung told reporters he had engaged two professionals and a lawyer to inspect his house and that no illegal structures were found.

Lew said that at the end of June last year, just before he took office, he advised Leung to identify the three professionals should the pan-democrats keep harping on the issue.

Lew said he then sought help from Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, chairman of Leung's campaign office.

Cheung was quoted as saying in a telephone conversation that the three men did not exist as Leung had found only one professional to inspect his house some 10 years ago, and that professional had since died.

Leung has since declined to unveil their identities, saying that he accepted all responsibilities and did not want others to become embroiled in the row.

Lew also accused Leung of going back on his word to appoint him an executive councillor.

He said in December 2011, Leung asked him what role he would like if he was elected. Lew replied he would be pleased to attend meetings every Tuesday - a reference to Exco - and that he was willing to liaise with opposition parties.

Leung allegedly agreed and they shook hands to seal the deal.

But on May 28 - two months after the election - Leung told him Exco was not the place for him as meetings are held on the principle of confidentiality and collective responsibility.

Instead, Leung suggested recommending him to be a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee.

Several months later, Lew came across a letter bearing Leung's signature that recommended another person to the Central Government's Liaison Office for the CPPCC Standing Committee place.

On December 8, Leung subsequently wrote to the former head of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, Peng Qinghua, to recommend Lew.

Lew said this showed Leung did not honor his promises and lacked integrity.

Lew told the magazine he realized that Beijing had switched support from Tang to Leung when Vice President Xi Jinping, now the party's general secretary, met a group of local delegates in Beijing on March 4.

Lew said Xi first shook hands with him and Shui On Group chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui, another strong supporter of Leung.

Lew said that after the meeting, Xi shook hands with him again and the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Wang Guangya, praised him.

Barry Cheung said in a statement that Lew's accusations were unfounded.

He said the chief executive had already said he hired legal professionals to handle the transactions when buying his Peak residence.

Cheung said since the surveyor who helped Leung inspect the residence had already passed away, they did not want to unveil his or her identity.

A spokesman for the chief executive's office would not comment.

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