Date
20 November 2017
Jimmy Lai (L) has been in touch with Taiwan political activist Shih Ming-teh (R), according to some leaked records. Photos: AFP, Bloomberg
Jimmy Lai (L) has been in touch with Taiwan political activist Shih Ming-teh (R), according to some leaked records. Photos: AFP, Bloomberg

Jimmy Lai consulted Taiwan activist shih, leaked files show

Next Media (00282.HK) chairman Jimmy Lai, an active supporter of pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong, appears to have had some consultations with Shih Ming-teh, one of the most prominent figures in Taiwan’s social movement, according to some computer files sent anonymously to Ming Pao Daily.

In e-mail attachments sent to the paper by a “Next Media shareholder”, more than 860 files were put forward by an unknown person. The files are suspected to have been taken off a computer owned by Mark Simon, Next Media Animation’s commercial director, according to the newspaper.

Apart from receipts showing donation of nearly HK$10 million (US$1.29 million) from Lai to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp, and other sensitive information, the files contain transcripts and voice recording of conversations between Lai and Shih, who has been a long-time non-party personage in Taiwan and once led red-shirted protesters in 2006 to force then-president Chen Shui-bian to resign.

Lai and Shih are said to have discussed deployment of civil movements, including how to prevent some particular political figures from participating and how to nail some pretenders. Lai said during the conversations that he will go to Taiwan along with his team to meet Shih.

Both Lai and Shih did not respond to Ming Pao’s request for comment. Mark Simon declined to comment on the computer files, claiming he has no idea of the files’ source and content.

According to the transcripts in the files, Shih said a civil movement doesn’t necessarily have to be conducted by a party. People with social credibility and charisma can take the lead, he said.

Hong Kong can use Taiwan as leverage to put pressure on Beijing, he said, adding that the mainland cannot gain the trust of Taiwanese people if there is no democracy in Hong Kong.

It was said that Chu Yiu-ming, one of the Occupy Central movement organizers; Lee Cheuk-yan, the Labor party’s chairman; and Joseph Cheng, spokesman of the Alliance for True Democracy, went to Taiwan to meet Shih in October last year.

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