New People’s Party leader Regina Ip has admitted lying to the media when she said she did not visit Beijing’s Liaison Office after her election victory last week.
Ip was reported to have paid a courtesy call on Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong when her seven-seater van was spotted by Ming Pao reporters entering the Liaison office compound in Western District.
Ip said then that she was not in the car and that her driver was merely delivering some books but questions emerged when the latter spent more than 50 minutes inside.
On Friday, Ip admitted she lied but insisted she is not a liar, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
She said she had meetings in the Liaison Office and her counterparts had requested confidentiality.
Ip said she felt the need to come clean that she was actually in the car when it drove past, as reported.
She said she had “some unfinished business” in the Liaison Office which could not be dealt with during the elections.
Ip denied she was there to give thanks to mainland officials or to bring fellow party member Eunice Yung, also newly elected to the Legislative Council.
Meanwhile, Ip said she was pleased with the results and the 1.67 million votes collected by the party’s candidates.
Their rivals from the opposition garnered 1.9 million votes.
Ip said the party will continue to recruit capable people and would consider contending in the two geographical constituencies in Kowloon in the Legco elections in 2020.
Ip also ruled out seeking the Legco presidency.
On Sunday, she told a TV program the government should do a better job helping the pro-establishment camp gain wider public support.
“The results of the elections were a clear indication that there is a high degree of public discontent, especially among the younger generation,” Ip said.
Legco election aftermath: Obligatory beeline to Liaison Office (Sept. 6, 2016)
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