Date
20 August 2017
Joanna Kot's post shows her inflammatory comments about protesters who were indecently assaulted. Photo: HKEJ
Joanna Kot's post shows her inflammatory comments about protesters who were indecently assaulted. Photo: HKEJ

Chow Tai Fook executive quits over inflammatory molest comments

Joanna Kot made light of protesters who were indecently attacked. Now they are having the last laugh.

The senior public relations executive has resigned from jewellery giant Chow Tai Fook.

Kot’s claim to fame was her Facebook post on Saturday regarding a female protester. “Molested? Remember not to report to the police. Revolution requires sacrifice, fighting for democracy is above the law. Those anti-Occupiers are ‘peacefully’ molesting you. Please be understanding! LOL!”

In another post, she mocked protesters who were beaten by anti-Occupy crowds. 

Her inflammatory comments angered netizens who called for a boycott of Chow Tai Fook products.

The company on Monday distanced itself from Kot’s comments. It said her posts were not representative of Chow Tai Fook’s opinion or stance.

She submitted the letter on Monday but it is not known if Kot was asked to quit or resigned of her own accord. She has since deleted her Facebook account.

Kot’s resignation is effective immediately, the Hong Kong Economic Journal, the parent publication of ejinsight.com, reported Tuesday.

Henry Cheng, the chairman of Chow Tai Fook, is known as a supporter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Concerned over the impact of the pro-democracy demonstration, Chow Tai Fook temporarily closed about 20 stores before the protest began, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

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