CY Leung discusses daughter Leung Chai-yan, and asks public to give her space

CY Leung discusses daughter Leung Chai-yan, and asks public to give her space

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An ambulance arrives at Government House this morning, after CY Leung's daughter posted a string of messages on social media.
An ambulance arrives at Government House this morning, after CY Leung's daughter posted a string of messages on social media.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

[UPDATE - Tuesday, March 17, 4.34pm]

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying held a press conference to discuss his daughter Leung Chai-yan’s health this afternoon.

He says his daughter has suffered from "health problems" in the past, and has suffered "emotional stress", especially after moving back to Hong Kong.

Leung’s family has been taking Chai-yan to doctors for professional care, but the chief executive declined to reveal any more details about his daugher’s health. He urged the public to give her more time and room to recover.

During the 10-minute press conference he denied Chai-yan had been held at Government House against her will - an allegation that had appeared on her Facebook account earlier today before the account was removed at lunchtime.

"Use your common sense, how can anyone possibly illegally imprison a 20-something year old person in Government House?" Leung asked the press.


Leung Chai-yan, the infamously controversial 23-year-old daughter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, was seen standing on a balcony of Government House around 11am today. Around the same time, an ambulance arrived at the building, local media says.

A police spokeswoman says police received a call at 10.51am saying "a woman needed police assistance (inside Government House)", but gave no further information.

Prior to this, Leung's Facebook had come alive with a series of emotional posts.

At 12.55pm, Leung’s Facebook page became unavailable, but her "official" Instagram account is still active. Around 30 minutes after the Facebook page was closed, a picture of a pair of Converse sneakers appeared on the Instagram account captioned, "Step into my shoes for just one day- just ONE day- and I promise you you'll never judge me again."

 


 

A status saying "leaving home forever" for her own sake was posted to Leung’s personal Facebook page late last night.

 

 


 

Following that status, seven consecutive posts appeared on Leung’s Facebook page, accusing her mother of attacking her. It also said “there’s no way out” and that she is leaving for good.

 

 


 

The post went on to say that Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee – the mother – appears differently in public and “behind closed doors” before reaching the conclusion. “From this day onwards, I'm leaving home forever. Never coming back.”

The posts also suggested that Chai-yan strongly resents her parents: “I won't even be at my mother's funeral”.

 

 


 

The posts appearing on Leung’s Facebook includes a cover picture update, featuring silhouetted birds flying in the sky, at 7.20am, which is captioned: “Bye Home”.

During a regular press briefing ahead of this morning's Exco meeting, CY Leung was asked about his daughter's Facebook posts, to which he replied "please let us give her [Chai-yan] some space".

The last Facebook status to appear on Leung's page before it became unavailable implied that she was being instructed on what to do to defuse the situation.


Leung’s current situation and whether or not police will look into the assault accusations remains unclear.

In reaction to the series of statuses, Facebook users have offered their support for Leung. Many advised Leung to become financially independent and move on with her own life.

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