Threat of legal action over 'slapgate'
Democrat district councillor Andrew Fung Wai-kwong is considering taking legal action against People Power lawmaker Wong Yuk-man, who he says punched him in the face in Taiwan.
Fung said he reported the case to police in Taipei and reserved the right to take legal action.
The bickering between moderate and radical factions of the pan-democrats descended into claims of violence when Fung, who was re-elected as a Southern District councillor in November, met Wong at the entrance to the Kuomintang headquarters in Taipei on Friday while they were visiting to observe preparations for the island's presidential election.
He said Wong ran up to him and punched him in the face. 'First he slapped away my glasses and then he punched my face twice,' Fung said.
He said Wong was angry because of a comment he made on Facebook saying that Wong did not criticise the Communist Party because his son had been arrested on the mainland. His son was arrested in Shenzhen two years ago for allegedly providing a venue and tools for drug abuse.
'Wong asked me why I mentioned his son on Facebook and warned that he would hit me,' Fung said yesterday after returning to Hong Kong.
In a statement last night People Power said: 'Fung defamed Wong to the press and exaggerated the facts. Such behaviour is very shameful.' It accused Fung of fabrication.
Paul Chan Mo-po, an independent lawmaker, witnessed the Taipei incident. He said he tried to stop Wong and to separate the men.
'Wong was angry and he took action,' Chan said. However, Chan said he was not sure if Wong had actually punched Fung. 'I was trying to separate them and Wong was behind me. Therefore, I could not see if [Wong] actually hit Fung.'
Fung rejected claims that his comment about Wong's son was offensive and said he did not regret making it. 'If I was hit because of what I said, that's something Hongkongers need to think about,' he said.
Democratic Party heavyweights backed Fung. Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan said he condemned violence and vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said she was disgusted. Lau stressed that those who used violence were not allies of her party.
The rift between moderate and radical pan-democrats was triggered in 2010 when the democrats backed a government electoral reform package, which saw the creation of an extra five seats in the Legislative Council - dubbed 'super seats' because they will be returned by a single, city-wide constituency.