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Hong Kong: Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Gets Highest Honour From Chief Executive C.Y. Leung — But Refuses To Support His Second term

October 31, 2015


Jasper Tsang faces awkward question after C.Y. hands him top honour

By Stuart Lau
South China Morning Post

(Left to right) Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee with husband Leung Chun-ying, former police commissioner Andy Tsang, and former deputy police commissioner Ma Wai-luk at the presentation ceremony. Photo: Sam Tsang

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing declined to say if he would back Leung Chun-ying for a second term as chief executive just moments after Hong Kong’s leader presented the city’s highest honour to the Legislative Council president yesterday.

“I don’t think it is an appropriate time to consider this question, because Mr Leung’s intention is not clear yet, nor do I know who else will stand in the election,” Tsang said.

The veteran of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong was speaking after being given the Grand Bauhinia Medal. He has been outspoken about Leung since his brother Tsang Tak-sing was suddenly removed as secretary for home affairs earlier this year.

The other recipients of the honour were pro-Beijing unionist and executive councillor Cheng Yiu-tong, entrepreneur and ex-lawmaker Ho Sai-chu and philanthropist Dr Li Dak-sum.

The focus at the award ceremony was also on Andy Tsang Wai-hung, who recently retired as police commissioner – a role for which he attracted both support and criticism over his controversial handling of the Occupy protests last year.

In keeping with the post-handover tradition for retiring police chiefs, Tsang received the second highest award – the Gold Bauhinia Star.

“I must thank those who have supported me all along,” Tsang said after the ceremony at Government House. “The illegal Occupy [movement] was just a minor part of my 37-year police career.”

Principal fireman Leung Kwok-kei, who died in December in an explosion on Shek Kip Mei Estate, received a posthumous gold medal for bravery.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Legco chief gets prize for diplomacy