Lawmakers have used the opportunity of a question and answer session with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to press him on the investigation into the disappearance of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo.

Lee, a shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, which specialises in political gossip titles banned in China, went missing on December 30 last year in Hong Kong.

James Tien Pei-chun, honorary chairman of the Liberal Party, questioned whether Leung will fly to Beijing or call the Central Government to explain Lee’s disappearance, at the traditional session to question the CE after Wednesday’s policy address.

Leung Chun-ying (left) and James Tien (right). Photo: Stand News.

“I talked about the policy address on my Facebook page,” Tien said. “But many people have requested I ask about the Lee Bo case. [The post has] a reach of 80,000, 2,000 likes, they said I would be a bad guy if I did not ask, so I have to.”

He added that the Lee Bo case made people suspect that Chinese police may be attempting to arrest people in Hong Kong, and to question whether the Central Government has changed its policy on the principles of one country, two systems and the city’s high degree of autonomy.

“[Director of China Liaison Office] Zhang Xiaoming said you are transcendent, so you are the only suitable person to raise these questions, please do ask as much as possible, the people will appreciate you doing so even if no answer is received,” said Tien.

Lee Bo’s wife received an alleged video from Lee Bo on 9 January. A screenshot of the video was printed in Sing Tao Daily on 10 January.

Leung reiterated his answer on Wednesday that he was very concerned about the case, that he followed it up a day after a missing person report was filed, and has expressed his concerns to many levels of the mainland authorities.

He added that he would try every feasible and effective way to solve the case.

Democracy Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan asked with which mainland department had Leung filed an enquiry, did he get a response and queried him on whether he will fly to Beijing to raise the matter.

Leung again said he was very concerned. He added that he cannot disclose every detail of a case which is under investigation.

People Power lawmakers with props asking the whereabouts of Lee Bo. Photo: Stand News.

Other lawmakers including the Civic Party’s Kwok Ka-ki and People Power’s Albert Chan Wai-yip and Ray Chan Chi-chuen also asked about Lee Bo.

Both People Power lawmakers were escorted out of the chamber, as they were not satisfied with Leung’s answer and attempted to move closer to him in protest.

Leung Kwok-hung threw a box of shoe polish at Leung Chun-ying. Photo: LegCo.

At the end of the session, lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung threw a box of shoe polish at Leung Chun-ying saying that he only wished to please Beijing. The box was blocked by a LegCo security guard before it could reach Leung.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.