Leung denies writing 'bully' letters to MPs

Top News | Amy Nip 23 Aug 2019

Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying has denied writing to British lawmakers warning them to stop inflaming protests in the city.

The Daily Mail published a report on Wednesday saying Leung sent letters to senior MPs telling them to stop being disrespectful to Hong Kong.

"I did not send any letters to British parliamentarians," Leung said on Facebook yesterday.

"I will follow up with the Daily Mail and the lawmakers concerned and reserve any right to pursue further action."

He also asked Apple Daily, which quoted the Daily Mail report, to retract the story.

The purported letter from Leung, who is vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said: "We seek that the British government lower its tone with regards to false statements that inflame protests and riots in Hong Kong. The immediate cessation of the liberal agenda would be optimal to ensure future successful relationship with China."

It added: "Should you seek to agitate matters further, the Chinese government will elaborate further with regards to future consequences."

The letter was sent to Lord David Alton, who said Britain should guarantee British citizenship to Hong Kong citizens in Commonwealth countries.

Another was mailed to Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, who said Britain should give Hong Kong citizens with a BN(O) passport full UK nationality.

Alton said those were "bully-boy letters." He added: "In 40 years in Parliament I have never received a letter like this."

The real letter writer remains a mystery.

Leung said on Facebook that parents should write letters to their children's schools if they are worried about teachers brainwashing their kids with their political opinions.

He typed a template for parents, advising them to make it clear to the headmaster about the class their children attend, spell the name of the teacher, and the date and class during which the teacher "expressed political opinions unrelated to the course."

amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com

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