Allegations of collusion between government and rural “dark forces” made by lawmaker-elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick are “overstatement and political grandstanding,” New Territories bigwig Leung Fuk-yuen has said on Commercial Radio.
“The government, businesses, and rural groups, and maybe even dark forces, are instead cooperating,” said Leung, chairman of the Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee.
Asked whether including dark forces in his so-called “cooperation” acknowledges their existence and power in rural matters, Leung said that he “does not know what dark forces are, but that was what Chu said so I followed suit.”
“Chu has always had opinions about problems in New Territories,” Leung said, “but he may not be familiar with the rules and regulations of the New Territories… as enshrined in Article 40 of the Basic Law.”
“I would not exclude the possibility that Chu’s outspokenness might have offended landowners and those with vested interests in the New Territories, and earned him enemies,” Leung said.
Leung said he understands why Chu wanted protection, especially after his win, but denied that Chu is under police protection because he received death threats even though the police confirmed this.
“Maybe he wants to paint Hong Kong as a dangerous and chaotic place… Or maybe he is trying to create ‘white terror,’ disturbing the peace in Hong Kong’s society,” said Leung. “Has anyone been able to hurt him? It has all been his exaggeration and not the truth,” Leung added.
When asked whether he can say with confidence to Chu that he is safe, Leung said “of course,the New Territories is a very harmonious place, landowners and residents live peacefully amongst each other.” He said “Hong Kong is a place with the Rule of Law, it is a very safe place.”
Leung said he is willing to be the middleman to foster conversation between Chu and Tsang Shu-wo, chairman of the Ping Shan Rural Committee, over the Wang Chau development dispute, stressing that problems should be solved through communication.
Chu supports a plan to build 17,000 public housing units on an outdoor storage site in Wang Chau, and has accused pro-Beijing lawmaker Leung Che-cheung of colluding with Tsang to stop the plan so that Tsang can keep his land from being taken back by the government.