Activist admits mocking Choi after son's death

Top News | Staff Reporter 11 Sep 2017

A pro-independence activist has admitted putting up a notice at City University mocking Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin after she lost her son.

It came a day after a notice "congratulated" Choi on her son "going to heaven" was posted at Education University.

Choi's eldest son, Peter Poon Hong- yang, 25, died on Thursday after jumping from the family's flat on the 41st floor of the luxury estate Sorrento in Austin Road West.

Poon had been treated for depression after a serious cycling accident while competing in a triathlon.

On the day of Poon's death, two men put up a poster at Education University in Tai Po.

Their action was caught by a campus security camera. Footage showing the pair grinning after putting up the poster was leaked to media.

It was unclear if they were students of Education University. There was a copycat incident at City University on Friday - and the action was claimed by pro-independence activist Tsoi Pui- keung.

Tsoi, 23, dared authorities to "arrest him quickly" after a video surfaced online showing him putting up a notice on a bulletin board that says "congratulations to Christine Choi for the joy of losing her son."

He wrote on his Facebook page yesterday: "I want to know which law I broke."

Tsoi, a former City University student, was arrested last year for threatening Alan Lo Ying-ki, a returning officer of the Registration and Electoral Office, after Hong Kong National Party convener Chan Ho-tin was barred from being nominated to run for the Legislative Council election.

Meanwhile, a group of principals warned Education University it will never hire its graduates, a student union leader said.

Citing what transpired at a meeting with the university's administrators, Education University of Hong Kong Students' Union president Lala Lai Hiu- ching said on Friday that some principals made the "no hiring" vow.

Lai said the university also reported that a number of students had their internships suspended after the incident.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the bureau has not been informed of such arrangement but added principals were "concerned" with the situation.

Meanwhile, an online petition that claims to have been signed by more than 500 principals and more than 1,000 teachers was sent to Education University on Saturday.

Invitations were sent out to teachers via e-mail.

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