Date
20 September 2017
Leung Chai-yan (left, and with her parents, right) says she felt bad that she made her parents worry about her. Photos: Instagram
Leung Chai-yan (left, and with her parents, right) says she felt bad that she made her parents worry about her. Photos: Instagram

Daddy works like a robot, says daughter of CY Leung

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s younger daughter told a local magazine her father is a highly capable person, but his way of life is too monotonous and his heavy workload makes him work like a robot, Metro Daily reported Wednesday.

In an interview with East Week published Tuesday, Leung Chai-yan said she could work calmly like her father, but she is more impatient like her mother.

She said she is not unhappy with her parents and she felt bad about making them worry about her.

When she saw her father burning the midnight oil to prepare his policy address, she said to him that he should get help rather than subjecting himself to a hard time. She said he did not say anything but gave her a disapproving look.

Leung Chai-yan said she does not agree with the public’s criticisms of her father.

She said she has never met someone who is as diligent, self-disciplined and capable as he is.

While she was proud to be the chief executive’s daughter, she told East Week, she felt he worked too hard, like a robot.

She clarified with Metro Daily that she was referring to his work routine, not his personality. 

Leung Chai-yan said her father is a caring person who asks her every day how she is, but like most traditional Chinese men, he seldom says “I love you” like foreigners do.

Her relationship with her mother was at one time rather tense, she said.

The younger Leung said her mother once criticized her for being discontented with her life.

While acknowledging she has a kind mother, she said sometimes her mother does not comprehend the problems she is facing.

Reflecting on the incident last year when she cut her wrist and posted pictures of it on Facebook, she said she was trying to get her parents’ attention. She said she received emotional counselling after the incident.

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