Date
12 December 2017
Leung Chun-ying is shown with his wife and daughter Chai-yan in this photo from London. At left, the family celebrates Leung's election as Hong Kong chief executive. Photo: HKEJ
Leung Chun-ying is shown with his wife and daughter Chai-yan in this photo from London. At left, the family celebrates Leung's election as Hong Kong chief executive. Photo: HKEJ

Experts: Leung handling of daughter’s incident unwise

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s handling of his second daughter’s wrist-cutting incident has drawn criticism from political and home affairs consultants for being indiscreet and unwise, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.

Andy Ho On-tat, public affairs consultant and former information coordinator of the chief executive office during Donald Tsang’s administration from 2006 to 2012, said it is inexpedient for any political leader to comment on family issues.

Leung, who called on the public to give his family breathing space on Saturday, had released two family photos from London, a day after his Britain-based daughter Leung Chai-yan posted Facebook picture showing a cut wrist and a bloodied hand.

In an exclusive interview with HKEJ, she said she was persuaded to go to Hyde Park and pose for a happy family photo and called the whole thing a lame PR stunt by her father.

The photos did not serve any purpose but rather fueled public speculation about what actually happened and what might have been behind the incident, Ho told HKEJ.

Chai-yan blamed “disharmony” with her mother for personal problems that led her to cut her wrist.

Home affairs consultant Laurene Lo said Leung’s attempt to protect his family in good faith might have produced the opposite result. By concealing what happened, it highlighted his daughter’s candor.

Leung should keep a low profile if he wants his family out of the unwanted spotlight, Lo said. 

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