Leung Chung-yan, the daughter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying who triggered a political rumpus now called “Baggage-gate”, has offered to explain what really happened on March 28 at the Hong Kong International Airport.
Critics immediately questioned her motive in sending a letter to the Airport Authority (AA) offering her side of the controversy, saying it has created more doubts in the minds of people about the whole affair.
The AA confirmed on Wednesday that it received a letter from the younger Leung’s solicitor last Friday before it said in an investigation report submitted to the government on Monday that the whole episode was a case of “lost baggage” and airport security was not breached, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
In the letter, she said she was willing to provide more information on the incident, an AA spokesman said, adding that she did not mention the names of her father and mother in it, according to Apple Daily.
The AA declined her offer as it had already finished writing its report at the time, the spokesman said.
The Chief Executive Office declined to comment on whether the letter had created pressure on the AA, but only said that neither Leung nor his wife had written any letter to the AA, Cathay Pacific Airways or Aviation Security Co. Ltd. which provides security at the airport.
In fact, the younger Leung and her mother Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee had issued a joint statement soon after the incident came to light early this month, claiming that the family absolutely did not use any privilege or put any pressure on anyone in connection with the incident.
While the younger Leung said in the statement that she had never mentioned to anyone at the airport that she is CY Leung’s daughter and she realized she left a baggage outside the restricted zone and asked for help soon after she entered it, the AA report told a different story.
The authority found that she only did so 20 minutes after she passed through security check and staff from Cathay Pacific, whose flight to San Francisco she was going to board, actually asked the AA to send some officials over to help her find the baggage as she is the Hong Kong leader’s daughter.
Questioning the daughter’s motive, lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan of the Labour Party said she might have decided to send a letter to the AA because she is worried that the incident could end up putting her in a legally unfavorable situation, Apple Daily reported.
Also, sending the letter through a solicitor suggested that she had a legal team to support her, and that was tantamount to exerting pressure on the AA, Lee said, adding that Leung’s family has wasted too much public resources because of the incident.
Legislator Gary Fan Kwok-wai of the Neo-Democrats agreed with Lee, saying that such a letter was not necessary if she did not take advantage of any privilege that day.
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