Leung Clashes Again With Sandwich-Hurling Critic

April 9, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (9-April-2019: Avery Ng Man-yuen, the League of Social Democrats chairman who got jailed for throwing a tuna sandwich at former chief executive Leung Chun-ying, had another confrontation with his favorite nemesis yesterday, only this time they just exchanged verbal fire without getting physical.

The latest feud began after Leung, in a series of Facebook posts, revealed that he was monitoring full-page commercial ads put on the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily.

After learning about Leung’s latest preoccupation, Ng announced that he would raise money through crowdfunding to take out a full-page on Apple Daily for the purpose of ridiculing the former chief executive.

Having been able to raise enough funds online, Ng did have a full front-page ad on Apple Daily on Monday. The headline of the ad, in simplified Chinese, reads: “Support Leung Chun-ying to become president. Head northward as soon as possible to replace Xi.”

The ad says it was sponsored by a company, whose name, when literally translated from traditional Chinese, reads “Hongkongers’ Patience Limited”.

In his own Facebook post, Ng said he had raised more than HK$160,000 in just 42 hours. He stressed that the ad was not meant to put up any kind of protest or to form an organization, but rather to unite the people and create an opportunity for Hongkongers to vent their anger.

Leung Clashes Again With Sandwich-Hurling Critic

In response to the ad, Leung, who is currently a vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body, said on his Facebook page – in a sarcastic tone, of course – that he would like to thank Ng for helping publicize his move to monitor Apple Daily’s commercial ads.

Leung said there have been many instances in Western countries where advertisers stop placing ads on a media outlet as a way of protesting its editorial policies. He also pointed out that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are not absolute rights and that a company must always be aware of its social responsibility.  Leung also called on Ng to place another ad, this time in English.

In another Facebook post several hours later, Leung asked if the company that sponsored the front-page ad is registered with the government or registered overseas, and whether it has the right to call itself “Limited”.  He said it is a violation of Hong Kong’s Companies Ordinance to feature a company that is not registered.

Leung also asked whether the company really existed when placing the ad on Apple Daily and whether any act of fraud or conspiracy was involved.  It is not easy for the former chief executive to forget the sandwich-hurling incident on Sept. 4, 2016, which coincided with the Legislative Council elections.

In 2017, Ng was sentenced to three months in jail for attacking Leung with an allegedly smelly tuna sandwich to protest against the Hong Kong leader’s failure to keep his promise to implement the universal retirement protection scheme. However, he won an appeal to his conviction last month.