Date
14 December 2017
Regina Ip is afraid of being photographed in the shower by spy cameras, so she has never visited Taiwan. Photo: HKEJ
Regina Ip is afraid of being photographed in the shower by spy cameras, so she has never visited Taiwan. Photo: HKEJ

Why Regina Ip is afraid to go to Taiwan

Now we know why Regina Ip never visits Taiwan.

It’s all to do with prying eyes.

“I heard that their intelligence people install pinhole cameras in hotel rooms,” Hong Kong’s former security chief was quoted as saying by Ming Pao Daily Thursday.

“I was afraid they might take a photo of me in the shower.” 

Ip, chairwoman of New People’s Party, was Hong Kong’s security minister from 1998 to 2003.

In her last year as security chief, Ip famously skipped a planned meeting with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, then the mayor of Taipei.

“A friend planned the meeting but I did not feel comfortable going to Taipei,” Ip said.

She cancelled the trip.

Before the 1997 handover, the British colonial government prohibited officials from going to Taiwan, presumably in deference to China during a sensitive time in Sino-British talks over Hong Kong.

So Ip, who was the director of the Industry Department of the colonial administration, could not travel to the island.

However, Ip said she might finally go to Taiwan to witness the 2016 presidential election.

And just to make sure she is not spied on, she will not stay in a hotel. She would prefer to crash on a friend’s sofa.

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