Former Law Society chief Junius Ho Kwan-yiu appeared beside himself with fury in a verbal onslaught on the president of Lingnan University’s student union at RTHK’s City Forum on Sunday.
Ho, spokesman for the New Territories Concern Group, lambasted Lau Chun-lam over the performance at a recent campus concert of a rap song insulting Hong Kong police with foul language by a band invited by the union, Apple Daily reported Monday.
The solicitor said the lyrics violated the Public Order Ordinance, under which offenders face a fine of up to HK$5,000 and imprisonment of up to 12 months.
Ho had earlier called for the university to dismiss the students’ union over the incident.
Another speaker at the forum, cultural commentator Tang Siu-wa, disagreed with Ho and said the band was just expressing its feelings in its performance, as it should be able to do given the freedom of speech in Hong Kong.
Lau hit back at Ho, saying the ordinance is a malicious law and that the reputation of the police should be founded on its professionalism and impartiality and not legislation.
He asked Ho to consider again the reasons behind the band’s decision to use foul language in the song.
Infuriated by Lau’s comments, Ho challenged Lau and Tang to read out the lyrics to show the sincerity of their stance.
Ho threw a printout of the lyrics at Lau, at which point the program’s host, Joseph Tse Chi-fong, requested that the lyrics not be read out, as doing so would violate the Broadcast Ordinance.
Despite Tse urging Ho to restrain himself, the solicitor went on to suggest that Tang take off her clothes on stage if she believed describing it as performance art would provide her with an excuse.
Lau said he believed that the university was responding to public pressure when its president issued an open letter of apology and a warning letter to the students’ union.
But Lau said the union would not censor the content of any songs, including foul language or slang, as long as it complied with the theme of the activity.
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