Passionate councilor's lines blocked

Central Station | 20 Apr 2021

Tai Po district councilor Wong Siu-kin is talking quietly and calmly after being hit with a summons by the MTR Corp for allegedly using foul language on a train.

The incident, he declared without providing details, simply showed he is a "down-to-earth" person.

Writing on Facebook, Wong, vice-chairman of Civic Passion, says he was stopped by a group including an off-duty police officer and MTR staff and prevented from changing trains after the officer accused him of using abusive language on a train on Sunday.

"The officer reported me for not wearing the mask properly and interrogated me about being 'violent,'" Wong said. He added that several uniformed police then arrived and took him to the station master's office, where the off-duty officer "charged me with using foul language in the MTR."

Wong, 23, reproduced a photo of the summons and said: "I may be the first politician charged for speaking foul language while taking the MTR, proving I am down to earth." MTR by-laws state that no one can threatening, abusive, obscene or offensive language, and Wong could be fined up to HK$5,000.

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