Leung Chun-ying’s elder daughter Chai-yan is sick and suffers from emotional fluctuations, the chief executive told the media Tuesday.
Chai-yan posted on her Facebook page earlier in the day that her mother, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, slapped and kicked her.
“Friends of Leung Chai-yan should have known that she is sick,” CY Leung said in the media briefing.
Since Chai-yan suspended her law studies in Britain and returned to Hong Kong, “my wife and I have been closely taking care of her”, he said.
“In Hong Kong’s environment, as a daughter of a key government official at an age of 20-something, Leung Chai-yan faces very strong pressures in her life.”
As there are many official activities at Government House, the family’s residence, she experiences emotional fluctuations, Leung said.
He said he and his wife have taken Chai-yan to see doctors in Britain and Hong Kong.
“To protect her, we did not make public her situation,” he said.
Leung said he hopes the public can give her more space so she can recover as soon as possible.
On Tuesday morning, Leung Chai-yan declared on her Facebook page that she will leave home forever and complained that her mother hit her in a rage.
The Facebook page was blocked at about 10:30 a.m. but resurfaced for over an hour, during which she posted that she was off to hospital. The page then became inaccessible again.
An ambulance arrived at Government House later in the morning. CY Leung said the ambulance left because no one was injured.
He said he returned home and spoke with Chai-yan, who has since calmed down.
Leung said his wife did not hit Chai-yan.
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