Democrats hope KMT can help in attack row
The Democratic Party will seek assistance from Taiwan to get to the bottom of the alleged assault on member Andrew Fung Wai-kwong by People Power legislator Wong Yuk-man during a fact-finding trip to Taipei.
Fung reported the case to Hong Kong police yesterday and said he would lodge a complaint against Wong with the Legislative Council this week. At the same time, the Democratic Party said it was shameful that Wong had resorted to violence over a personal dispute.
Wong has been accused of punching Fung in the face following Facebook postings critical of the People Power politician when the two men ran into each other outside the Kuomintang headquarters in Taipei on Friday. They were on separately organised trips to Taipei to observe the island's presidential election.
Wong denies attacking Fung. Last night he said his assistant had reported Fung for 'wasting police manpower'. Wong added: 'Taiwan is out of Hong Kong's jurisdiction. Even if I really had beaten him, he should have reported it to Taiwan police, and not to Hong Kong's. His is a political PR exercise.'
YouTube videos posted by People Power do not show Wong punching Fung. Pictures taken at the scene by democrats do not capture any assault either.
Democratic Party vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai said yesterday they would meet the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong today to request its help to liaise with the Kuomintang to obtain recordings from surveillance cameras set up at the KMT headquarters.
'Wong's act ... the use of violence ... has violated the rules of conduct as a legislator,' Sin said. 'The party will definitely pursue the case.'
Democrat Wilson Li Wing-shing said he witnessed what happened. 'I saw Wong punch Fung in the face.'
Paul Chan Mo-po, an independent legislator who joined the democrats' tour to Taipei, said Fung and Wong tussled and he tried to separate them, but he did not see Wong throw any blows. People Power is expected to give its version of the event today.
A police officer involved in the case said there was little they could do as the incident took place outside Hong Kong. 'We shall seek advice from the senior management on what to do next,' the officer said.
There has been tension between the two sides since the Democrats backed the government's controversial electoral reform package in 2010.