Date
22 May 2017
Silent Majority plans protest in support of Chris Wat (right). Elizabeth Quat (left) sends letter (inset) requesting the setting up of a voluntary database for mentally handicapped people. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
Silent Majority plans protest in support of Chris Wat (right). Elizabeth Quat (left) sends letter (inset) requesting the setting up of a voluntary database for mentally handicapped people. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Silent Majority plans protest in support of Chris Wat

Pro-government group Silent Majority for Hong Kong is staging a protest Sunday in support of former Ming Pao columnist Chris Wat Wing-yin, the newspaper reported Friday.

Wat quit after receiving online threats over a column in which she wrote that the arrest of an autistic man in a murder case was being blown out of proportion.

In the column last week, Wat said the public shouldn’t criticise the police so severely, as officers had done a good job by protecting the suspect in a safe place.

The man was detained by police for more than two days, repeatedly subjected to interrogation despite his mental handicap and charged even though police were aware he had an alibi.

Hongkongers should praise the police for how well they treated the man, Wat wrote, saying that “in other places, those who are arrested would face even worse treatment”.

The Association of Parents of the Severely Mentally Handicapped hit out at Wat for being cold and uncaring in her remarks.

The Silent Majority, founded by Robert Chow Yung, said it expects up to 1,000 people to turn up for the rally for Wat to protest against verbal violence.

Wat, who said earlier that she had been subjected to death threats and that her address had been posted on Facebook, was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, Au Wai-ho, the elder brother of the 30-year-old autistic man, filed a complaint with police Thursday, over their treatment of his brother. 

Au said police promised to conduct an investigation.

He said his brother has yet to recover from the incident and still needs to be accompanied by family members whenever he goes out.

Legislator Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has proposed to the Labour and Welfare Bureau and the Security Bureau the setting up of a voluntary database for mentally handicapped people in Hong Kong, specifying the contact details of their social workers and family members.

Quat said her proposal would help protect the rights of the group.

But fellow lawmaker Peter Cheung Kwok-che, who represents the social welfare constituency, said the idea is dumb and would raise privacy issues.

He said no countries overseas had such a database.

Netizens have blasted Quat’s idea and mockingly suggested she should put her own name on the list.

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