The daughter of under-pressure Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying has caused controversy after she apparently thanked all the "silly taxpayers" who paid for her necklace, shoes and dresses.

Chai Yan Leung, whose father is under increasing pressure to resign as Chief Executive following days of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, also suggested all those who were sending her negative comments on Facebook were "probably unemployed" and criticised their ability to speak English.

During an update on a Facebook page reportedly belonging to Leung, she hit back at those who were criticising her for wearing a necklace in her profile picture.

She wrote: "The necklace in my profile pic is not a dog collar silly!!! I'm not sure if you're ever seen a canine before, but they're actually quite common around the world!

"A dog collar is usually round, black and made of nylon – placed around a dog's neck for a lead to be leashed onto.

"This is actually 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!!!!)".

She goes on to say maybe she shouldn't thank everyone for helping to pay for her necklace as most of them are "probably unemployed hence have all this time obsessed with bombarding me with messages".

Leung, who studies at the London School of Economics, also insults the "standard of English" of the people criticising her, adding "enjoy copying and pasting all of this into Google translate and still not getting it. It's okay, your mother still loves you".

The Facebook page was later taken down.