Leung Fuk-yuen, the chairman of the Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee, denied on Tuesday that he said the government, businesses, and rural groups are “cooperating” with “dark forces.”

He was speaking again RTHK radio, along with lawmaker-elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick.

Leung was asked what he had meant by “the government, businesses, and rural groups, and maybe even dark forces, are… cooperating,” which he said on Monday on a Commercial Radio programme. Recently elected Eddie Chu, an activist on rural affairs, has continuously accused the four parties of of colluding, during and after his election campaign.

Leung Fuk-yuen. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

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“No, I have never said such things,” said Leung. “… maybe the host or Eddie Chu said it.”

Leung also said that he did not understand what “dark forces” – a euphemism for “triads” – meant. “I didn’t understand what he was saying – underground associations or something, I was confused,” he said, stressing again that cooperation between the government and interested parties was important.

Eddie Chu. Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

Chu, who reported receiving “credible death threats,” is currently receiving police protection. The police are also investigating the case.

Leung said that Chu was “creating white terror” on the same radio show on Monday.

The rural leader’s u-turn comes as Kenneth Lau Ip-keung said that the Heung Yee Kuk “had always been very good partners with the government,” avoiding questions as to whether there is collaboration between the four parties.

The Kuk is a statutory body made up of representatives of the Rural Committees in the New Territories.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.