Leung Chai-yan, the daughter of Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying, has threatened to pursue legal action against a number of media outlets, following unflattering reports about comments she posted on her Facebook page.
In a post on her Facebook wall, Chai-yan wrote: “To NextShark.com, The Business Insider, The Daily Mail, The National Post, Coconuts Hong Kong, Huffington Post UK etc, unless you removed your defamatory articles and issued public apologies, I shall have no option left other than to take legal action and sue you for libel. I have warned you.”
In a subsequent post, she added: “So glad I took IT law as one of my law course modules. The topic 'Defamation' is actually the one, ironically and interestingly, I studied for the most and was/ am still most familiar with. #LittleFunnyThingsInLife.”
Chai-yan's threats refer to controversial posts she made on the social media site in September, where she seemingly mocked Hong Kong taxpayers by describing a necklace she was wearing in a photo as “a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!) Actually maybe I shouldn't say 'all you'- since most of you here are probably unemployed hence have all this time obsessed with bombarding me with messages.”
The posts received a great deal of negative commentary on social media, and were the subject of several articles by media outlets. Chai-yan, who is believed to be a student at the London School of Economics, also courted controversy after posting a picture to Facebook that purported to show her having slashed her wrist, accompanied by the comment, "Will I bleed to death?"
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been calling for her father to resign his office. And, despite the number of protesters having dwindled in recent days, the cancellation of Friday's proposed talks between activist groups and the Hong Kong government now threatens to reignite the protests.