Former Cathay Pacific CEO is hailed a hero for 'defying China'

Mail Online | 8/20/2019 | Billie Thomson For Mailonline
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Former Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg has been hailed as a hero after he was rumoured to have sacrificed himself to protect his own staff while being questioned by Beijing over his employees' involvement in anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Speculation has emerged online which claimed that the 57-year-old Briton had been asked by the Chinese aviation authority to identify those in his company who had participated in a city-wide strike to back the mass demonstrations.

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The former airline leader allegedly defied the Communist authority and handed it a list with just his name on it.

Mr Hogg announced his resignation from Hong Kong's flag carrier in a shock move on Friday as the company faced mounting pressure from China over its workers' roles in the pro-democracy rallies that have entered its 11th weeks.

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Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific's chief customer and commercial officer, resigned along with Mr Hogg on Friday.

Rumours of the ex-CEO's 'warrior-like' behaviour started circulating on Facebook on Saturday.

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One such post said: 'He didn't betray any of the Cathay Pacific employees and shouldered all the responsibility himself.

'This is a name to remember: Mr Rupert Hogg.'

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The post quickly went viral and has been shared 13,000 times so far.

One Facebook user known as 'Bobby Chung' praised: 'A honor captain will go down with his ship. A leader will take responsibility of his action and own up to his actions. This is the knighthood of a Templar to protect and serve.'

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Another user with the screen name 'Cathy Chen' wrote: 'Thank you! Salute to you.'

Wang Ting-yu, a politician from Taiwan, called Mr Hogg 'a real warrior'.

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In a Facebook post, Mr Wang stated: 'A real warrior will have the most glorified glow of human nature when faced with significant choices.'

Cathay Pacific has declined to confirm or deny the speculation...
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