Date
25 September 2017
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (left) accuses legislator Claudia Mo of making arbitrary accusations against her boss Leung Chun-ying. Photos: RTHK, internet
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (left) accuses legislator Claudia Mo of making arbitrary accusations against her boss Leung Chun-ying. Photos: RTHK, internet

Claudia Mo calls for Legco probe into UGL deal

Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo on Wednesday asked the Legislative Council to use its special powers to investigate Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying over his HK$50 million (US$6.5 million) deal with Australian engineering firm UGL in late 2011, RTHK reported.

“The contract between Leung and UGL remains effective, and the point is not whether he has provided any services. It’s about that he has received payment from commercial contracts while serving as the chief executive and did not declare that,” Mo said, adding that Leung might be involved in a conflict of interest.

“Leung lacks not only integrity but also political wisdom,” she said. “Only explaining his actions to a handful of pro-establishment lawmakers and selected members of the press, he has not come clean about a matter of massive public interest.”

Coming to the defense of her boss, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam accused Mo of making an “unreasonable attack” and arbitrary accusations. She said Leung had already repeatedly answered questions about the deal.

The payment was gratuity for his exit from DTZ, while the rest was to compensate him for not offering services to competitors, Lam said, adding that the existing declaration policy of the Executive Council does not include resignation contracts.

Leung has clarified the details of the deal in a closed-door meeting with a few pro-establishment lawmakers, according to media reports.

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