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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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Mr Lo, I am waiting for your piece about the brutal assault on Mr Kevin Lau and HK's press freedom, rather than about some silly faux pas by a Democrat on the same day when the outrageous attack was carefully carried out according to plan.
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.
Wasn't a fellow party member forced to resign from a party post a couple of years ago after being photographed "doing research" on sex workers? Looks like the research responsibility has been passed to Albert.
I don't really care whether he was looking at bikini-clad girls, looking up a recipe for almond-butter shortcake or checking the latest football fixings.

It is improper in and of itself that he is not paying attention to the budget speech, and has the arrogance to use this time for personal entertainment instead. Mr Ho is sitting there with a purpose, and getting paid for it too, quite handsomely and with public money. This kind of dishonest and disrespectful behaviour shows he is not fit for the job. He should resign.
Useless guy, only costs money!
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?
Certain mobile phone carriers offer their users exclusive adult media content for a monthly fee. I remember thinking to myself: “That’s interesting. Do people actually pay for this type of service? I’m sure a majority of men look at dirty pictures online, but do people actually need this when they’re out and about? Are there men that are actually so desperate for dirty pictures that they just simply can’t wait until they get home and need to do it out in public?”

Well, Albert Ho, you’ve answered my questions…
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.
I don't like what he did. But, can we assume 90% or more lawmakers were similarly reading their smartphone on news, chat, or other stuff during that budget presentation. By that argument, I would say many were also not focusing on the budget according to the logic of this article. The only difference was Ho looking at something kind of not acceptable by our norm during business meetings, not because he was doing something not focusing vs many others. As none of them were, I guess.
Doing these things is not an offence. Getting caught doing it is. Tsk, tsk.




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