Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has urged lawmaker Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong to quit a Legislative Council committee investigating the outgoing Hong Kong leader over undeclared payments he received from Australian engineering company UGL.
In an open letter issued on Sunday, CY Leung accused the legislator, who represents the accounting profession, of acting as both “player and referee” in the investigation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
He said the accusation against him was being directed by the lawmaker with the aim of letting the world think that he is being investigated by the Inland Revenue Department, which is totally untrue.
The whole affair shows politics in Hong Kong has deteriorated, CY Leung said in the letter.
The UGL saga was first revealed in October 2014, at the height of the pro-democracy Occupy protests, when Australian media reported that CY Leung received HK$50 million in confidential payment from UGL as part of the latter’s purchase of Leung’s real estate service firm DTZ.
CY Leung allegedly received the money after he became chief executive, failed to declare it and paid no taxes for it.
Kenneth Leung said in March the chief executive has been under probe by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and tax authorities both at home and overseas over the secret payment.
Calling such probes non-existent, CY Leung has sued the lawmaker.
Since last week, CY Leung has been lashing out at Kenneth Leung, saying that he should quit the Legco select committee looking into the UGL saga because he has a conflict of roles that will render the committee’s efforts questionable.
In his letter on Sunday, CY Leung demanded that Kenneth Leung disclose whether he had contacted the inland revenue commissioner or other officials of the department after the lawmaker reported the UGL case to the commissioner in 2014.
The chief executive also said the fact that Kenneth Leung has failed to respond to the points he has raised against him is totally unacceptable.
Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting said it is impossible for Kenneth Leung to influence the actions and decisions of the select committee all by himself.
Lam said he is wondering why the chief executive has such an intense reaction to Kenneth Leung’s participation in the inquiry.
Separately, about 20 members of the pan-democratic party League of Social Democrats staged a protest at the Government House on Sunday and demanded CY Leung step down for interfering in UGL-related investigations.
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