The Chief Executive of the Special Administrative Region, Leung Chun-ying, who is at the center of Hong Kong's political reform, has recently been embroiled in controversy. Australian media broke the news on the 8th that Liang Zhenying had received a huge amount of money from an Australian company but concealed it. After announcing his candidacy for chief executive in November 2011, he signed a contract with an Australian listed company in December of the same year, promising to support the company's expansion in Asia, and received 11 million pounds (observer net note: approximately 12 million Hong Kong dollars) Return.

In this regard, the Chief Executive's Office immediately clarified. The Hong Kong opposition is "like a treasure." Some Hong Kong public opinion analysis said that the business agreement that should be kept secret was made public, and the intention of Western forces and the Hong Kong opposition to suppress Liang Zhenying was quite obvious.

Australian media said Liang Zhenying did not declare the huge sum of money received

According to Hong Kong’s "Sing Tao Daily" report on the 9th, in December 2011, Liang Zhenying served as a director and listed in the United Kingdom DTZ. (Observer Network Note: DTZ is one of the "five firms" of international real estate consultants, with 12 offices in 45 countries around the world. The branch has more than 200 employees to provide customers with multinational real estate services), which was fully acquired by the Australian UGL Group (a sewage treatment and power transmission engineering company) for £11,000 million.

Australian media reported on the 8th that on December 2011, 12, a letter and contract between Liang Zhenying and UGL Chairman Richard stated that UGL would pay Liang Zhenying £2 million, including a £400 million bonus, and Remuneration to ensure that senior management will not leave, assist UGL in promoting its business, and not compete with UGL. The agreement was completed two days after the signing, and Liang Zhenying announced his resignation from the post of Chairman of DTZ Asia Pacific. As for the remuneration, it was paid in two instalments, in 150 and 2012, and the 2013 million pounds collected by Liang Zhenying during his tenure as chief executive in 2013 was not declared.

According to the report, UGL admitted in response to Australian media inquiries that the transaction with Liang Zhenying has never appeared in any public documents, but the Royal Bank of Scotland, as the main creditor, is aware of this expenditure and has deducted this amount from the purchase price. Ernst & Young, the accounting firm responsible for taking over DTZ, told the Australian media that it did not know about the transaction. The article stated that Liang Zhenying did not declare this amount during his tenure. In addition, DTZ’s 2011 annual report showed that if Liang Zhenying resigned due to a change in company ownership, he would not receive any remuneration exceeding the prescribed amount. Therefore, DTZ’s minority shareholders also did not know Liang Zhenying’s collection. . The Australian media questioned that Liang Zhenying's secret remuneration exceeded 5% of the purchase amount, which was more than his share of DTZ.

Chief Executive's Office responded

On the evening of the 8th,The Chief Executive’s Office responded that Liang Zhenying was the chairman of DTZ’s Asia-Pacific region. UGL signed an agreement with him in 2011 to pay in two years and bear the bonuses that DTZ has not paid. Liang Zhenying resigned from DTZ and entered into an agreement with UGL before he was elected. Chief Executive, and the current reporting system does not require Liang Zhenying to declare.

Later, the Chief Executive’s Office added that the agreement is a non-disclosed commercial arrangement, which is a business practice and does not involve any delayed remuneration; after the signing of the agreement, Liang Zhenying has never provided any services to UGL and has acted in the interests of members of the Executive Council. Declaration system to declare relevant interests. UGL also responded that the agreement was purely a "non-competitive agreement" between them and Liang Zhenying to ensure that after Liang Zhenying left his post, he would not accept appointments from other competitors, set up another company to compete with UGL, or dig out people from DTZ.

According to Australian media, the contract between Liang Zhenying and UGL Chairman Richard shows that Liang Zhenying agrees to be a recommender and consultant for UGL at any time, and the page where Liang Zhenying agrees to be a consultant has "the premise is that there is no conflict of interest". Words. In response, UGL issued a statement on Thursday (9th) stating that the media’s use of “secret” to describe the payment is unfounded and misleading. The relevant agreement is a common commercial confidentiality agreement arrangement. The only difference is that Liang Zhenying was 6 months after the incident. Become the chief executive. The statement also said that from the signing of the agreement in 2011 to 2013, UGL did not deliver any tasks to Liang Zhenying, and Liang Zhenying did not work for UGL.


Letter from the then CEO of UGL to Liang Zhenying on December 2011, 12

Hong Kong's opposition "like a treasure"

The Hong Kong opposition is still "like a treasure." Legislative Council member of the legal profession, Guo Rongkeng of the Civic Party stated that according to relevant reports and disclosed documents, Liang Zhenying voted on the board of directors on November 2011, 11 to support the acquisition of DTZ by UGL. UGL wrote to Liang Zhenying on December 8 that it would give him 12 million pounds, and the former chairman of DTZ and the manager at the time did not know about the agreement, saying that Liang Zhenying may not have reported to the board of directors and was suspected of violating the "Prevention of Bribery Ordinance." A group of members of the Hong Kong New Democratic League even reported to the Independent Commission Against Corruption at noon on the 2th.

On the 9th, He Xiulan, a member of the Labour Party’s Legislative Council, revealed that Panmin is planning to use the "Power and Privilege Ordinance" to investigate the incident. She said that Leung Chun-ying was already the most powerful person in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on July 2012, 7, and this foreign company has business in Hong Kong, so he must have conflicts of interests and roles. Contract, "but not only did he fail to do so, but he did not tell others at all." The “New Democratic League” stated that although Liang Zhenying’s contract with UGL was after he voted for the acquisition, the acquisition was less than a month away from Liang Zhenying’s resignation. Therefore, it is reasonable to suspect that Liang Zhenying supported the acquisition under an agreement with UGL, or Has committed the "crime of misconduct by a public official".

According to public opinion analysis, Liang Zhenying and UGL signed a business agreement that was supposed to be strictly confidential, but it was announced at a sensitive moment of "Occupy Central." In addition, the opposition took the opportunity to make a fuss. Western forces and Hong Kong pan-people jointly suppressed Liang Zhenying. The intention is already quite obvious.

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