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Justice chief isn’t just wrong about CY Leung case, she’s arrogant and clueless

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We stand on the cusp of a new year, but it doesn’t look like Hong Kong is ready to let bygones be bygones, thanks to the city’s Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah.

It is unfathomable why a top official should be away on a break and remain eerily silent on the legal principles behind her department’s decision to drop the highly publicised corruption investigation into former chief executive Leung Chun-ying, without following the previous practice of seeking an independent legal opinion. The case involved Australian engineering firm UGL’s payment of HK$50 million (US$6.38 million) to Leung.

However, it is clear that Cheng has no clue why her silence sparked such a public outcry. To make matters worse for the government, Cheng returned from her holiday in a bitter mood, and her attempt to explain not only came much too late, it came out all wrong.

It’s anyone’s guess why she even bothered to meet the media. She didn’t offer an explanation – most people would not call her tirade anything of the sort. It explained nothing – Cheng spent most of her time emphasising that she has no further comment. And yet, it explained a lot, although not on the matter of huge public interest, but........

© South China Morning Post