Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has heaped praises on outgoing Police Commissioner Andy Tsang, citing his impartiality, outstanding work efficiency and professionalism during times of difficulties.
Speaking at a meeting over the weekend, Leung said Tsang has been working painstakingly and his selflessness deserves a lot of respect and compliments, Apple Daily reported.
Senior government officials and members of anti-crime committees from various districts gave Tsang a standing ovation lasting for around 40 seconds after the chief executive said on stage, “Thank you, Andy.”
Rumors had it that Leung and Tsang were not on the best of terms during the start of the Occupy protests last September over decisions on how to deal with the young activists, particularly the use of tear gas and pepper spray.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said the great work of the police was well recognized by all members of the Fight Crime Committees.
The police exercised utmost tolerance which led to the peaceful conclusion of the Occupy protests, Lam added.
When asked how he would like the public to perceive him after his upcoming retirement, Tsang said different people would hold different views, but other people’s opinions about him is of less importance to him than the performance of his duties as head of a law enforcement organization.
Commenting on allegations by the chief executive’s daughter over the internet that her mother slapped and kicked her, Tsang said the police could not conduct investigation based on something someone said online.
Tsang added that the alleged beating does not fall under the definition of a domestic violence case, which refers to violence between spouses or partners who have an intimate relationship.
Legislator Charles Mok accused Tsang of having double standards in the handling of online posts, saying the chief executive once said police will monitor the online comments of anti-parallel trade protesters and take appropriate action if there is any violation of law.
Legislator Fernando Cheung also said the police are carrying out their duties based on the Domestic and Cohabitation Relationships Violence Ordinance, which has already expanded the types of relationship between the abusers and victims from spouses to other family relatives, including parents, siblings and parents-in-law, several years ago.
The police force’s internal guidelines have failed to catch up with the amendments of the law, Cheung added.
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