Pro-Beijing DAB legislator and Executive Council member Starry Lee Wai-king has denied accusations of asking planted questions to the chief executive during Thursday’s Legislative Council Q&A session.

On Thursday, League of Social Democrats legislator Leung Kwok-hung accused Lee of colluding with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying when Lee asked whether the government would have a citywide cleaning initiative.

Starry Lee
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The LSD lawmaker criticised Lee for asking the chief executive about street cleanliness at a time when there was widespread concern over Hong Kong’s economy.

Lee admitted on Friday that the DAB had spoken to the government about a cleanup initiative. However, she denied suggestions that the question was intended to allow the chief executive to promote his plan.

Lee added that lawmakers are responsible for giving suggestions, and that the most important thing is for Hong Kong people to benefit from them.

Starry Lee Wai-king
Starry Lee Wai-king at DAB’s 23rd anniversary. Photo:

During the quarterly Q&A session on Thursday, Lee announced that the DAB had identified 70 “hygiene black spots” and asked the chief executive if the government “would immediately promote a citywide cleanup campaign to raise people’s hygiene awareness and keep the streets clean.”

Leung replied that the government had indeed lined up a public health campaign for August and September. The campaign, titled “City cleanup 2015 @ Hong Kong is my home,” will be led by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam.

Leung said that he was “very concerned” about the problem of littering, and that it was an important aspect of livelihood issues. “The existence of litter is not inevitable. I hope that Hong Kong residents will love and protect Hong Kong, and refrain from littering on the streets,” said Leung.

Starry Lee Wai-king is a non-official member of the Executive Council appointed by CY Leung. The Executive Council is the chief executive’s policy-making body. Lee is also the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the largest political party in Hong Kong.

Arthur Lo is an undergraduate student currently on a gap year. During Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement protests, he worked as a fixer, translator and producer for foreign media outlets such as Al-Jazeera.