|Henry Tang Ying-yen's credibility continues to slide|
The Chief Executive hopeful continues to slide further into the cesspit of notoriety with the ongoing debacle of the illegal structures in his expensive Kowloon Tong home.
While Henry Tang Ying-yen finally admitted that illegal work was done, he now says he was not sure if he had even seen the floor plan for what the media are now calling his "underground palace".
"I have no impression that I have seen the floor plan before. [The basement] is now mainly used for storage," he said.
The plans for the basement included a theatre, wine tasting room, wine cellar, gym and Japanese bath.
Yesterday photographers went to great lengths to cover the story by hiring cranes to hoist them high over 7 York Road to take pictures of the residence.
Tang and his wife both owned the home at one point, but now she solely owns the home through a private company.
This latest development of Tang now of him not being sure what the floor plans were gives a further impression that the man who wants to be the next leader of Hong Kong has no clue what is going on. It also portrays him as someone who has too much money to care what kind of renovations are happening in his expensive property.
Meanwhile Beijing has apparently told 30 Hong Kong tycoons including Li Ka-shing not to nominate anyone for chief executive.
This decision seems to signal encouragement to Leung Chun-ying to challenge Tang.
The latest development comes from a source who is a member of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Beijing's top advisory body. The central government officials told this person that they had "advised tycoons not to raise any nomination" for fear that support from such financial heavyweights could prevent one or the other two pro-Beijing contenders from securing candidacy in the race.
"Officials from the central government told em they have already informed 30 tycoons in the city, including Li Ka-shing, not to make any nominations at this stage, even though Beijing knows they may have their own preference," he said. "They can vote for whoever they want later in the elections, after both contenders enter the race."
Beijing obviously wants to make the race more interesting even though it's trying desperately to orchestrate it from above.
However its star contender Tang is fast losing lustre with this illegal renovation fiasco.
He is just digging himself into a bigger hole... as big as the 2,400 square foot one in his (wife's) basement.