BEIJING: The daughter of Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung has poured a good amount of cold water on China’s carefully crafted public relations strategy to persuade agitating youth to end their agitation.
The daughter, Chai Yan Leung, said in a Facebook post that her diamond necklace was bought on “silly” tax payer’s money.
Showing the origin of the post as ‘Government House, Hong Kong’, Chai Yan challenged those who taunted her new necklace.
“The necklace on my profile pic is not a dog collar, silly!!!” she said. “This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes – funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!)”.
Chai Yan hit out at those taunting her saying, “Actually maybe I shouldn’t say ‘all you’- since most of you here are probably unemployed hence all this time obsessed with bombarding me with messages”. She later said, “It’s ok, your mother still loves you”.
Her Facebook page has been taken off in the face of controversy it generated but the page has been widely published in Hong Kong’s Chinese and English dailies.
The Facebook posting comes at a crucial time for Leung, who is facing demands for his resignation from thousands of agitating students. The protestors spread across the island city, Asia’s major financial hub, are also seeking electoral reforms for electing the next chief executive in a fully democratic fashion.
This is not the first time Chai Yan, a 22-year old law student at the London School of Economics, has kicked up a controversy through her Facebook postings. She earlier said that the knife attack on former editor of Ming Pao newspaper in Hong Kong earlier this year was not related to press freedom.
At one stage, she put up pictures of herself sitting in a bathtub with slashed, blood strained wrists while sparking off speculation that this could be the result of her differences with her mother, Tong Ching-Yee.
“Courage and loyalty are the virtues I value the most. My mother embodies the exact opposites of both,” she said in one another Facebook post.