Date
29 May 2017
Ann Chiang (inset) should take back her statement and apologize to all mental health patients and doctors for her Legco remarks, according to a psychiatrist group. Photo: RTHK
Ann Chiang (inset) should take back her statement and apologize to all mental health patients and doctors for her Legco remarks, according to a psychiatrist group. Photo: RTHK

Psychiatrists blast lawmaker over ‘mental patient’ comment

A Hong Kong lawmaker is under fire for comparing opponents of a controversial copyright amendment bill to a mental patient who could drive psychiatrists insane.

The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists (HKCPsych) is accusing pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang of making derogatory and untrue remarks, Apple Daily reports.

These have no place in a civilized society and highlight the need to address negative stereotypes about sufferers of mental illness, the group said in a statement.

Chiang said filibustering lawmakers are “like patients with mental illness” and pro-establishment lawmakers are “like psychiatrists who are forced to listen to them and could end up being as insane as them”.

As a result, psychiatrists are more likely to suffer from mental disorder than others, she said.

Chiang was speaking during a reading of the draft bill in the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

HKCPsych president Eric Chan demanded a retraction from Chiang and an apology to psychiatric patients and doctors.

Chiang made the comment after pan-democrat lawmakers repeatedly called for a roll call to see if there was a quorum.

Opponents of the measure, which they have dubbed “Cyber Article 23″ in reference to a mothballed national security law under Article 23 of the Basic Law, say the copyright bill will stifle free speech.

The second reading of the bill was called off last week for lack of a quorum.

Wednesday’s attendance check took four hours, forcing postponement of the second reading to Thursday.

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