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Journalist and his foul-mouthed wife were out of order

Cursing a police officer for simply doing his job smacks of an elitist attitude that’s unbecoming of anyone, let alone a newspaperman

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 1:21am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 1:21am

Journalists have a well-deserved reputation for cursing like sailors. But it appears some of our wives are even worse, if a smartphone video clip that has gone viral on the internet is anything to go by.

The clip showed a woman verbally abusing a traffic officer after the vehicle her husband was driving was stopped and he was issued with a penalty for making an illegal U-turn on Des Voeux Road West.

The driver turned out to be none other than Fung Siu-wing, the former chief editor of the defunct Hong Kong Daily News.

His wife, whom friends and colleagues call Sister Wah, is well-known in journalism circles for her acumen in property investment. In other words, the couple are well-off, at least compared to many in the news business.

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Throughout the incident, she cursed and swore at the officer, who calmly checked the car owner’s licence and registration before handing out a ticket.

The officer was a model of civility but Fung’s wife just went berserk, at one point jumping out of the car and poking her finger at him.

“Writing a few words took an hour. Are you crazy? Where are you when there are real robbers? Hiding?” she said.

“Bastard ... Go eat excrement … You waste taxpayers’ money. How much money do you earn a month? [You] deserve to be a [junior] cop for the rest of your life. Loser!”

She even cursed passers-by, who were outraged by her behaviour and defended the officer for doing his job.

Even since, the entire local press corps has been chasing the couple to find out more.

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In one newspaper podcast interview, Fung admitted he committed the traffic offence but said it was a minor one.

“Every driver does it when he is in a hurry,” he said. “It’s not a big deal. We are model citizens making a minor offence.”

He defended his wife, saying such shouting “was [an] everyday occurrence”, and accused the officer of being rude and unprofessional. He also accused some passers-by of “blindly siding with the police and hating the rich”.

But just by watching the clip, we can see the officer was calm and professional, at one point even advising passers-by to stop shouting at the woman.

If the officer is a model for the police, I hope journalism students won’t take after Fung and his wife.