Corruption is pretty much a global phenomenon. However, Asian countries are perhaps far worse off than their western counterparts. So when Leung Chun-ying’s daughter openly flaunted her expensive jewelry online, it set the stage for a huge controversy and blame game, primarily because she actually chose to thank the taxpayers for her extravagant lifestyle.
Leung’s daughter, Chai Yan Leung, responded to comments about a beautiful necklace she was wearing in a Facebook photo. She pointed out that the necklace was bought at an upscale Lane Crawford store. All was seemingly well, thatis until Chai caused the controversy by explaining how she afforded the jewelry.
“Funded by all you HK (Hong Kong) taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!”
As if that wasn’t all, she added the following.
“Actually, maybe I shouldn’t say ‘all you’ — since most of you here are probably unemployed hence have all this time obsessed with bombarding me with messages”
Her Facebook page was swiftly taken down, but National Post managed to salvage the full text of her blatant and rather naïve response.
Needless to say, the post struck a nerve in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters have been calling on her father to step down for quite some time. Interestingly, while Leung has agreed to talk to demonstrators, he has steadfastly refused to back down despite widespread protests against him.
Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover, as pro-democracy activists have taken over the streets following China’s refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage. The protesters are angry primarily because in August this year, Beijing said it would choose the Hong Kong leadership candidates for whom residents could vote.
The Facebook post may have been systematically obliterated to ensure the damage is contained, but Business Insider managed to dig Chai Yan Leung’s Instagram account, which has multiple photos of expensive jewelry, accessories, and other such extravagances.
Hong Kong is in a state of flux, and its current administration has been fighting the pro-democracy protest groups who are growing stronger by the day, reported the Daily Mail. Joining hands, the protest groups have become a little too large for the government to handle, and have forced officials to take them seriously. These protestors have even managed to shut down large parts of the city. Such a scandal is all they need to bolster their efforts to get the government to bow down.
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