Leung Chai-yan, the elder daughter of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, announced on Instagram that she has left her family home to be on her own.
At 6am Wednesday, Chai-yan posted a message online that read: “Officially left home – brought the most basics with me, and the most valuable – a photo album with all my friends in it. #ByeHome#i’mFinallyFree”.
On Tuesday, Chai-yan posted a message on her Facebook page accusing her mother of physically assaulting her. She vowed that she will be “leaving home forever” and “never coming back”.
Chai-yan’s mother, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, is the president or patron of some 62 charitable organizations in Hong Kong, including The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong and Mother’s Choice.
As the patron of the Against Child Abuse organization, she has supported calls for stopping physical punishment on children.
Thus, her daughter’s allegations have caught people by surprise.
Leung Chun-ying said yesterday that his daughter Chai-yan has been receiving medical treatment for emotional instability.
“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,” the chief executive said.
Leung urged the public to leave his daughter alone so that she can recover as soon as possible.
Clarence Tsang, executive director of The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, said parents shouldn’t avoid difficult discussions when confronted by a child who shows suicidal or other disturbing tendencies.
If parents are having a bad relationship with the child and are unable to communicate, they should engage in a dialogue through the child’s siblings or teachers or social workers, Tsang said.
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