Carrie Lam deplores 'cruel, insulting, intimidating' remarks on kill threat

Local | 19 Sep 2017 11:06 am

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said today that recent "unacceptably cruel, insulting and intimidating comments" have crossed the bottom line of a civilized society. 

She didn't name lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu, who apparently called for the deaths of people who advocate the separation of Hong Kong from the mainland.

Speaking ahead of the Executive Council meeting, Lam said it was the job of the Secretary for Justice and law enforcement officers to judge if the remarks are illegal. But she said regardless of people's political stance, the immoral words aren't what people want to hear. 

The Chief Executive said "I've already answered that" when journalists asked if she found Ho's comments unacceptable. 

Pro-Beijing lawmaker, Ho, supported calls for independence advocates be killed "with no mercy," as he chimed in after Yuen Long district councilor and Ping Shan Rural Committee chairman Tsang Shu-wo told a rally that those who advocate Hong Kong's independence "must be killed."

Senior counsel and Executive Council member Ronny Tong Ka-wah said Ho might have violated two sections of the Public Order Ordinance.

On a radio program on Monday, Ho said the word "kill" had meant a hatred for evil things and not to actually kill someone. Then he added, that advocating Hong Kong independence is to advocate war. "What is wrong with killing someone during a war?" he said.

Lam said the intimidating comments she referred to were borne out of recent debates over the advocacy of Hong Kong independence, which she reiterated should not continue.

Lam called on all sides to stop pushing Hong Kong to what she called the brink of public disorder, as well as threatening national sovereignty and security and the authority of the Basic Law.

She said that she supported the recent statement from 10 university chiefs which said they don't support Hong Kong independence and condemned unspecified "abuses" of free speech. She rejected suggestions that they made the statement after bowing to pressure. 

"I think you have underestimated the independent thinking of our university heads, I don't think they can be easily influenced by a Chief Executive," Lam said.- RTHK/The Standard. Photo: RTHK

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