Robert Chow Yung, a spokesperson for the pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy, has come under fire for referencing South Korea’s tragic ferry disaster when he criticized an Occupy Central organizer in Hong Kong this week.
Chow, who has been vocal in his denunciation of the pro-democracy street protests in the city, has compared the Occupy movement’s co-founder Benny Tai to the captain of the South Korean ship “Sewol” which capsized in April this year killing nearly 300 people, mostly students.
After Benny Tai and his fellow Occupy organizer Chan Kin-man announced this week that they would be returning to their university teaching jobs, Chow said on Wednesday that Tai is like the captain of Sewol who “escaped” from the sinking ship without making any effort to rescue the passengers.
The reference to the ferry disaster, which left at least 295 dead, 142 injured and 9 others still missing in Korea, has upset the South Koreans living in Hong Kong, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.
The North Korean Defectors Concern, a Hong Kong-based defectors’ rights group, has also slammed Chow’s remarks, saying that he had used an inappropriate analogy, the report said.
Chow should not use the fatal accident as a tool to attack political opponents, the Koreans said, calling it a shameful act.
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