Friday, 24 February 2012

Donald's Decadent Dilemma

Donald Tsang is now on the defensive on accusations of graft
While all the brouhaha over chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen continues, Hong Kong's current leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is accused of bribery and conflict of interest after he and his wife were photographed on a luxury yacht belonging to a business tycoon in Macau with other wealthy friends.

The latest is that after he steps down from his position in June, Tsang will retire in a luxury three-floor flat in Shenzhen that a tycoon is renting him at a cheap price.

On the weekend Tsang and his wife apparently went to Macau on personal business but then were later photographed on the "Golden Toad" yacht. He denied any wrong doing and said he paid "market price" for the trip to the former Portuguese enclave without specifying the amount. How can one pay "market price" for a yacht trip to Macau when us plebians pay over HK$300 return for economy?

League of Social Democrats vice chairman Avery Ng said the group had lodged a report against Tsang on suspicion of taking bribery.

While the Independent Commission Against Corruption confirmed it received the complaint, it would not say if Tsang was under investigation. ICAC must be wondering what to do with this hot potato. Instead a spokeswoman responded: "We won't comment on individual cases or incidents. All reports made to the ICAC will be examined and looked into in accordance to the laws."

The Democratic Party and Civic Party have also sent letters to Tsang's office demanding an explanation and details of his trip and other trips he's made to Macau by yacht or helicopter.

Under Hong Kong's strict anti-bribery laws, the chief executive is prohibited from any acts of "solicitation and acceptance of advantage and possession of unexplained property" and must declare all gifts valued over HK$400.

That surely must mean a lot of declarations, unless Tsang's tycoon friends are just treating him at fast-food restaurants.

And what's Tsang's response to this controversy?

"I hope you will not always analyze issues from a negative conspiracy perspective," he said. "I'm very sad to see what is going on. And I'm very distressed, too. If this trend continues, Hong Kong will be constantly exhausted by internal strife."

Which is why we'd like Tsang to fess up and tell us what he was doing on the yacht last week and why he thinks as Chief Executive of Hong Kong it's OK to hang out with tycoon friends. Perhaps then we won't have "internal strife".


  1. all the crows in the world are the same-black.

  2. All I can say is, it's going to be an interesting vote on March 25!