Date
11 December 2016
Legco security officers intervene after an incident in which confidential papers were taken without permission from an official of the Develpment Bureau. Photo: RTHK
Legco security officers intervene after an incident in which confidential papers were taken without permission from an official of the Develpment Bureau. Photo: RTHK

Long Hair accused of grabbing confidential documents

Police were called in after lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung was accused of taking confidential documents without permission.

Eric Ma, undersecretary for development, complained that Leung, also known as Long Hair, grabbed a document folder from him and passed it to fellow legislator Chu Hoi-dick to read, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The incident took place during a Legco meeting on Tuesday on the controversial Wang Chau housing development in Yuen Long.

The Development Bureau issued a statement on Thursday condemning the behavior of Leung and Chu.

Ma became the second government official after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to have called the police over events at a Legco meeting.

Government sources said Ma waited two days to call the police because he was busy.

A police spokesperson confirmed that they received a report from a 53-year-old male on Thursday morning that confidential documents were taken from him without permission and shared with another person at a Legco meeting.

At the Tuesday meeting, Ma was confronted by lawmakers from both sides after Arup Group Ltd., a consultancy hired by the government for the Wang Chau project leaked sensitive data to a property developer.

The legislators criticized the Development Bureau’s decision to suspend Arup from taking part in government tenders for three months as being too lenient.

During the meeting, Ma said he did not have the documents with him, adding these contained confidential communications between the bureau and Arup.

Leung questioned if Ma was telling the truth, walked up to Ma’s desk and grabbed the folder, reports said.

Committee chairperson Alice Mak ordered Leung to return to his seat. Leung ignored her.

Mak later told Leung to leave the room and the meeting was adjourned.

Leung questioned if Ma did his job by calling the police when the government found out about the Arup leak.

Ma, who previously worked with a multinational engineering consulting firm, joined the Development Bureau amid a storm of controversy over his lack of public experience, according to Apple Daily.

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