In the US we’re quite used to seeing politicians apologizing to their wives so blaming your wife is a new one to me.
In Hong Kong, real estate is everything. Most of the old timers have made their entire fortune from playing the property market. So when it was recently discovered that Henry Tang had built an illegal 2,400 square foot basement underneath his home people in Hong Kong flipped their lid. The anal permitting here in Hong Kong rivals even that of my native San Francisco! And by more than doubling the size of his property, Tang increased its value exponentially.
In the above photo, protestors outside Tang’s house protest his basement; early on in the race Tang was cast as a pig and his rival Leung Chun-ying as a wise wolf.
But then it gets even more interesting! Instead of simply accepting blame, Tang tried to both blame his wife and pretend that he didn’t know about the renovations while also saying that he did know, but didn’t want to cause any more marital issues as he and his wife were already struggling, thanks in large part to his extra-marital affair. Yes–this is not the first time his wife has had to do more than stand by her man.
From the SCMP:
With wife Lisa Kuo Yu-chin by his side holding back tears, Tang said: “No 7 [York Road] is my wife’s property. It was my wife’s idea and I knew they were illegal. Since we were experiencing a low ebb in our marriage, I did not handle the matter swiftly. I take full responsibility for the incident.” Tang co-owned the house until 2010.