22 March 2019
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said his office has fully explained the UGL issue. Photo: CNSA
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said his office has fully explained the UGL issue. Photo: CNSA

CY Leung dodges lawmakers’ queries on UGL saga

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday dodged queries from pro-democracy lawmakers over his HK$50 million (US$6.45 million) deal with Australian engineering firm UGL during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Democratic Party’s Albert Ho asked Leung to explain whether he had provided any services after receiving HK$50 million pay from UGL in late 2011, and why he had not made any declaration of interests in the deal.

Leung chastised Ho for resurrecting old questions that had been fully answered and explained, noting that the UGL contract was a normal non-competition arrangement after he resigned as the firm’s consultant.

Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong, who represents the accounting profession, followed up on the subject by asking whether the chief executive made a tax declaration for his compensation in Australia, Britain or Hong Kong.

The chief executive didn’t answer the question but instead noted that Leung, along with other pan-democrats, walked out of the Legco hall as he was delivering his third policy address on Wednesday. 

Ho revealed that he is doing preparatory work for the impeachment of the chief executive and has asked the Independent Commission Against Corruption to finish its investigation into the UGL saga.

In early November, shortly after the UGL controversy broke out, the Hong Kong leader reportedly held a closed-door meeting with pro-establishment groups and offered details on the deal.

Pan-democrats assailed the move, saying he chose to speak only to allies, instead to explaining the issue to the entire Legco and the general public.

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