Bigger room exposed as CY wall torn down

Top News | Eddie Luk 30 Nov 2012

An illegally expanded underground room at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's Peak residence is more than 100 square feet larger than what he declared.

A wall that Leung put up to seal the room in the basement of No4 Peel Rise was partially torn down yesterday to grant access to Buildings Department inspectors. They measured the room to be 320 sq ft - not 200 sq ft as Leung had stated.

"We will analyze and evaluate the case based on the information we have gathered," senior building surveyor Chu Wai-yiu said.

He did not say if the department has issued Leung with a demolition order.

Illegal structures were also found in Leung's previous residence at No39 Tung Tau Wan Road in Stanley.

Earlier, it was found that Leung had refused on four occasions to reply to inspectors' queries about the suspicious wall at his Peak home.

Director of Buildings Au Choi-kai broke his silence to refute accusations the department hid the discovery of the wall and insisted it has not shown favoritism in the investigation.

Au also denied the department has come under pressure from high-ranking officials. The department has been accused of adopting a double standard in dealing with Leung's case and the illegal basement at former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying- yen's Kowloon Tong residence.

Au said it is the department's practice not to release information on suspected illegal structures until after they are thoroughly investigated.

Meanwhile, Executive Council convener Lam Woon- kwong said Leung should consider giving a clearer account of the illegal structures.

Lam said Leung should provide a more detailed explanation and address questions about his integrity.

Failure to do so would undermine his authority, Lam added.

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