Hong Kong chief executive Cy Leung is having a bad month. He is the mouth-piece for the authoritarian Chinese communist government in a city that was promised a modicum of democracy. As expected, the Chinese government has simply disregarded the commitment that it made in the handover of the city from Britain. A new flashpoint occurred when Beijing said that people in Hong Kong could vote for the leaders but only from a list of candidates approved by the Communist party — a curious concept of democracy. Now however he has his daughter to worry about. Chai Yan Leung decided that this was the week to taunt citizens by flashing a new diamond necklace and saying that it was purchased by “silly” taxpayer money.
When people taunted her about her showing off her new bracelet while young people were facing her father’s troops in the streets, Chai Yan responded with her own barbs, particularly at the suggestion that it looked like a dog collar:
“The necklace on my profile pic is not a dog collar, silly!!! 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!!!!)
. . . 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
. . . It’s ok, your mother still loves you”.
She has proven a handful for Daddy in terms of controversy. She previously was ridiculed for saying that the stabbing of the former editor of the Ming Pao was not related to press freedom. She also posted a picture of herself with what looked like slashed wrists. She also attacked her mother, Tong Ching-Yee, with a posting that said “Courage and loyalty are the virtues I value the most. My mother embodies the exact opposites of both.”
The business about the bracelet is so stereotypical and inflammatory that my first thought was that she is a pro-democracy activist seeking to fuel the protests. However, it is not being interpreted that way. She apparently meant these comments.
As I have discussed before, I remain amazed that China continues to impose a single-party state that purports to be Communist while a small percentage of Chinese have become fantastically wealthy. The postings are particularly inflammatory given the long-standing complaints of public officials making themselves wealthy off of corruption and self-dealing.
Source: India Times