Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man is dealing with the aftermath of a public feud after he lost his temper during an encounter with a Ngau Tau Kok resident on Sunday.
Ko was talking to a child about the government’s election reform proposal when an elderly man called him out and accused him of brainwashing children, according to Apple Daily.
The incident took place during a visit by senior government officials to the neighborhood to promote the proposal.
It triggered a tense exchange between Ko and the resident, prompting the former to angrily walk off, saying “I’m done”, the report said.
Ko said he was telling the child that some people support the proposal and some don’t and that they should consider both sides of the issue.
When the man pressed him about it, Ko did not respond directly but said he took offense at his tone and language.
The man repeatedly questioned Ko about the 1,200-member committee that will screen the chief executive candidates for the 2017 election and how it can be claimed to represent Hong Kong people.
Ko said he lost his temper because the man kept interrupting him while he was trying to explain.
He said the public will understand his reaction but added he should have known better.
Civic Party legislator Kenneth Chan and trade federation lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin criticized Ko’s behavior.
Chan said the incident showed Ko is ill-tempered and incapable of handling criticism.
And Wong lamented Ko’s judgment in engaging in a public spat.
However, he praised Ko for dealing with its aftermath.
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