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First daughter safe in Hong Kong: security chief

First daughter safe in Hong Kong: security chief

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The daughter of President Ma Ying-jeou, Leslie Ma, is safe in Hong Kong, where she lives, National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Tsai Teh-sheng said Wednesday. The security chief was responding to press inquiries about her security in the Chinese special administrative region. Speaking on the sidelines of a Legislative Yuan Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee meeting, Tsai said an effective mechanism for protecting the safety of members of the first family has long been in place, in accordance with existing laws and regulations.
According to the Special Service Act, members of the first family are not guarded by special service agents if they reside in areas outside of Taiwan.
However, special protective measures can be adopted with the approval of the NSB head if security concerns arise.
Tsai said the security mechanism currently in operation to protect the first family has been crafted in terms of the law, practical needs and special features of the environments in which the members of the first family are living.
"Besides upholding rule of law, the establishment of the mechanism also requires the consent and cooperation of family members and should meet special features of the living environments," Tsai said.
To date, Tsai went on, the mechanism has been operating smoothly. He declined to elaborate.
The Presidential Office confirmed a week earlier that Leslie Ma, the older of President Ma's two daughters, was married last year to Allen Tsai, who currently lives and works in Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong media reports, she lives in a hillside apartment owned by her husband, a fashion model-turned-banker. Ma, a Harvard University life sciences graduate who also has a master's degree in museum studies from New York University, reportedly has student certificates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of California.
She tends to use public transportation and typically keeps a low profile, according to the reports. (By Rogge Chen and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-14 14:27 GMT+08:00