David Chu Yu-lin, a former National People’s Congress member, has revealed two messages he received related to an incident at the airport surrounding the Chief Executive’s daughter’s lost luggage. Chu says the messages reflect the pressure felt by the people involved.

Chu said at a press conference on Friday that he received the messages around a week ago from a woman involved in the “bag-gate” controversy. The messages were purported to be extracts from an internal discussion on April 7 between Cathay Pacific staff members. The source asked Chu not to reveal her identity.

“Leung Chun-ying is a liar. During the phone call, Cathay Pacific’s female staff member was told off until she shed tears,” a message read. “Those who handled this matter were all colleagues of our first class team. The boss took it very seriously, and ordered us to shut up,” another read.

David Chu. Photo: SocRec.

Chu said that he would bear any legal responsibility for the authenticity of the messages.

Chief Executive Leung allegedly used his position to help his daughter bypass security procedures to retrieve forgotten hand baggage at the airport at the end of March. Leung confirmed he spoke on the phone with a Cathay Pacific staff member but has denied any wrongdoing.

Chu previously accused Leung of making an airline staff member cry during the call. However, Leung responded by saying that the Airport Authority report did not mention that any airline staffer was made to cry.

A protest at the airport on April 17 over the ‘bag gate’ controversy. Photo: StandNews.

Chu said although the incident that was not mentioned in the report, it did not mean it did not happen, as the female staff member who took the call was “very scared” and did not want to reveal her identity.

He claimed that at least five to six Airport Authority and Cathay Pacific staff members were under pressure because of the incident.

“If Hong Kong people accept this, you could be the next innocent person who is suppressed,” he said. “We cannot let white terror be the norm in Hong Kong.”

He said the principle of equality is very important and special privileges should not be allowed. Chu said he will follow up with the case untill it is resolved. He also set up a hotline for people to send information to him.

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.