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PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 February, 2014, 4:20am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 February, 2014, 4:20am

Democrat Albert Ho has thirst for girly photos … and economic intricacy

Poor Albert Ho Chun-yan. The Democrat and one-time chief executive candidate drew a lot of flak for looking at girly pictures on his iPad during the annual budget speech by the financial secretary.

Many critics have denounced his behaviour as inappropriate. Some people even said he should resign as a lawmaker.

Well, it is kind of improper to be looking at photos of bikini-clad ladies while conducting the people's business in our august legislative chamber. It is, after all, the kind of place where our representatives released balloons, threw objects at officials and routinely interrupted meetings. Ho did it for 10 minutes, and was interrupted briefly by fellow pan-democrat lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan who leaned over for a chat. She didn't see what he was looking at, or pretended not to anyway.

What kind of example is Albert Ho setting for our youngsters? Surely a bad one!

Next time some kid is caught looking at porn, he could say even one of our most senior lawmakers and democracy fighters looked at it, and in public too.

Ho has now apologised and promised never to do it again. When asked if he had looked at similar pictures before, he said: "I can't say I have not. But today, in this [official] setting, it was not appropriate."

Well, at least he wasn't looking at hardcore porn. Actually, it wasn't even softcore. You get raunchier pictures in Apple Daily on any day of the week.

In mitigation, he was having to sit through two hours of finance chief John Tsang Chun-wah reading through his budget.

You try doing that. Your mind quickly goes into a stupor, so looking at photos of scantily clad models could have actually helped Ho stay awake and alert.

In any case, the incident makes Ho more human. Besides looking at the naughty pictures, he was also copying by hand a beautiful poem from The Midnight Song by the great poet and emperor Li Hou Zhu, who lost his late Tang kingdom to the Song dynasty. And lying beside his iPad was a long paper on the conflicting economic philosophies of Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. So here's a man who clearly has a curious mind and a thirst for knowledge and beauty.

Well, you can have someone far worse than that for a lawmaker.

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wukeung
Alex, disappointed that I can't find what you said "raunchier pictures" in Apple Daily today! Do you really read Apple Daily nowadays? You should really try Oriental Daily instead.
ubifrancehk
Mr. Lo, who fans hatred over Democrats all day long and get paid for that, we are still waiting for your cynical piece on the assault on Mr. Lau...
ann.wei.121
One thing I agree, he has good taste
whoaman
Sadly, along with the banana throwing, loud and 'living in public housing' lawmakers, it is yet another example of the ineptitude, stupidity and hypocrisy of these 'elected' lawmakers. No wonder Beijing is worried about universal suffrage...
Granted, most governments have their share of bozos, but the problem here is that these also happen to be HK's most high profile democracy advocates as well...
Dai Muff
You might want to check out just WHO was caught checking out his stocks ... and his political affiliation.
And Mr Lo should try to figure out the difference between clothed girlie pictures and pornography.
typhoidX
This is a straw man argument. The fact that he looks at hot girls, explicit or not, is not really the issue here. What would happen if a typical office worker was looking at that stuff during work hours, in his office/cubicle? Is this a productive use of his employers/shareholders' time and property?
Camel
In our company if an employee is surfing in the internet, doing private stuff, chat or watching **** during working hours, he would be fired in an instant without notice. Office policy. Do your private stuff at home.
Camel
Meaning, he is no better than those he always tries to attack. Counting the Cathay pacific free vacation tour to Europe, then this and there is of course more...A hypocrite, nothing more and nothing less, pretending he is the salvation for HK People.
kctony
Quote from James Tien in the NOWTV post budget forum: "Not many really know what he(Tsang) was talking about."
Does it really matter if nobody was listening to Tsang? Of course, not. But poor Albert, next time read a racing form or a movie.
goncalo
I fully agree, Mr. Lo. Puritans are not trustworthy.

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