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Swipes at Leung are seen as `very entertaining'

Monday, February 04, 2013

Executive councillor and New People's Party legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said accusations against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying are "very entertaining."

Speaking on ATV's Newsline, Ip said: "The account of Lew Mon-hung is very entertaining. We all had a good laugh over it. It's very detailed as though he has logged every conversation, so a lot of people believe him."

Lew, a staunch supporter of Leung in his election campaign, has slammed him for failing to deliver on promises. He accuses the chief of lying about illegal structures at his home on The Peak and knowing on March 4, three weeks before the poll, that Beijing would drop rival Henry Tang Ying-yen.

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Lew also claims that Leung promised him a seat on the Executive Council.

What Lew said is "probably true," Ip quipped, but stressed it is not for her to determine its veracity.

She said Leung may have changed his mind considering the circumstances.

"And even if the chief executive did make any semblance of an offer, I won't blame him for changing his mind," Ip said. "Because once in office, circumstances might have changed."

When asked whether Lew is qualified to be an Exco member, she said it is not a matter of qualifications or suitability.

Leung must have considered public interest in making decisions.

Ip was also asked whether former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen does not deserve to be a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

She replied that decisions should be made on the basis of merit.

Ip acknowledged that Tsang's achievements are constitutional reform and minimum wage legislation.

"Otherwise he did very little on other fronts - the housing problem we inherited from him, the land shortage. There was no long-term land and housing planning," said Ip, adding that others share her views.

"He was embroiled in a lot of scandals - accused of accepting favors and advantages. Top officials should be clean. He really should have been a role model of clean government."

Ip said Tsang does not deserve CPPCC membership, but stressed it is just her "humble opinion." WINNIE CHONG


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