Hours after rumors spread that his daughter had committed suicide, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying sent a picture to local news offices to banish the nasty canard.
The picture shows the Hong Kong leader with his wife Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee and second daughter Leung Chai-yan, smiling and enjoying the sun at Hyde Park in London. CY Leung is shown reading the day’s edition of a local tabloid, City A.M..
It might very well have carried the note, “Wish you were here!”
According to a report by Ming Pao Daily News, sources close to senior government officials said Leung’s wife had said, “It’s fine now.” CY Leung’s office said it had no comment.
On Tuesday, a post from Leung Chai-yan’s Facebook account carried pictures of cuts on a wrist and a bloody hand with the note “Will I bleed to death?” It sparked speculation that she might have tried to take her own life.
Asked about the incident, Professor Lee Sing of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Department of Psychiatry refused to comment on individual cases.
He noted, however, that in general, people who cut their wrists have no intention of killing themselves.
There could be a number of reasons, including seeking to attract attention or if the person is emotionally unstable and can only wind down after seeing blood, Lee said.
Hours after the Facebook post, Leung and his wife arrived London to visit their daughter who is studying there, and Hong Kong media were later sent the Hyde Park picture.
Professor Paul Yip, director of HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, said posting pictures of self-sustained injuries is clearly a call for help.
If they see such posts on social networks, they should refrain from making provocative comments, which may only aggravate the situation, the report quoted Yip as saying.
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