Election rally singing case is not a big hit

Top News | Jane Cheung 6 Aug 2021

Cantopop entertainer Anthony Wong Yiu-ming and former lawmaker Au Nok-hin were bound over yesterday at Eastern magistrates' courts on a charge connected to a Legislative Council by-election in 2018.

Principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen set 18-month good behavior bonds of HK$2,000 for Wong, 59, and Au, 34.

The two were charged with one count of engaging in corrupt conduct by providing entertainment.

That was based on Wong performing two songs at a rally and telling people to vote for Au. A week later he won the by-election.

Au uploaded a video of the rally including Wong's performance of A Forbidden Fruit Once Per Day and It's My Party on his Facebook page and labeled it an election advertisement.

The duo admitted the outline facts and proposed the binding-over orders.

Wong, it was pointed out, was invited to the rally to support Au and had not received any reward.

The Department of Justice agreed to the bonds considering the facts and the duo's backgrounds and attitudes.

Au is serving a prison term for illegal assembly and was escorted by officers to the court.

Close friends of Wong -including pro-democracy singer Denise Ho Wan-see, actress Deanie Ip Tak-han and lyricist Chow Yiu-fai - were in court to support them.

Outside court later, Wong sang part of Cantonese number Ask Me.

"No matter how right or wrong I have been I bear the consequences wholeheartedly," Wong sang. "Whatever happens to this world I stick to my true self wholeheartedly."

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