Paul Tse says he doesn’t think his role in the UGL probe is the reason why he has not been invited to the events. File photo: RTHK
Pro-government lawmaker Paul Tse said on Wednesday that he is in the dark as to why he has not been invited to events President Xi Jinping will be attending during his three-day visit to Hong Kong.
Tse is the only legislator from the pro-establishment camp not to receive an invitation for the flag raising ceremony, Carrie Lam’s inauguration as Chief Executive, and Friday night’s grand variety show and banquet to welcome the president.
Tse said officials have explained that he missed a deadline to register his intention to attend the events, but others have said he was never on the guest list.
Tse said he didn’t think the apparent snub could be related to the fact that he chairs a Legco select committee looking into the payments outgoing Chief Executive CY Leung received from Australian firm, UGL.
“Even [Professional Commons lawmaker] Kenneth Leung was invited so I don’t see why that could have been the reason,” Tse said.
“It’s a very special occasion at this time and the security is extra tight and maybe they are a bit nervous about the whole thing too. But obviously as a legislator, I would have thought my photograph, my details would have been kept in a register anyway”.