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Alpais Lam Wai-sze

Alpais Lam Wai-sze, a teacher at Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, sparked a protest in Mong Kok on August 4, 2013, after a viral video from July 14 showed her shouting profanity at police officers. In the clip, Lam was seen openly criticising the way the police were handling a confrontation between the Falun Gong and the Youth Care Association. Lam has taught for 18 years and won the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence in the 2010/2011 academic year.

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Battle lines drawn over teacher Alpais Lam's swearing at police

Protesters to descend on Alpais Lam's school as her backers launch petition to support her

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 August, 2013, 6:38am

The government's attempts to end the controversy surrounding a teacher's swearing at police officers may fall on deaf ears.

Supporters of a radical pro-government group plan to protest next month when the school year starts, and the teacher's backers have launched a petition.

Patrick Ko Tat-pun, convenor for the Voice of Loving Hong Kong, said some of the group's supporters were dissatisfied with what they called a "lack of reflection" by Alpais Lam Wai-sze after she swore at the officers over their handling of a street dispute between Falun Gong supporters and pro-Beijing protesters.

They would hold a rally at the start of new academic year on September 2 outside Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, where Lam teaches.

"I think some of our supporters may have already applied to the police to hold a rally at the start of the new school year," Ko said on RTHK radio.

The school's board has issued a verbal warning to Lam, who has already apologised - though not to police - but Ko said she had shown "no sincerity to the police officers who she swore at".

Lam has said she will issue no more apologies.

Ko said: "If she remains unrepentant over what she has done, the school and the Education Bureau should seriously consider if she is still fit to be a teacher."

A video of the award-winning teacher swearing at police officers over their handling of the dispute between the Falun Gong and members of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association went viral online. A confrontation between her supporters and detractors in Mong Kok on August 4 stoked the controversy.

On Thursday, the school's management committee announced in a statement that the school "regretted" Lam's behaviour and that she would be penalised, without giving details. The statement came after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying ordered the education minister to submit a report on Lam's case.

Lam said on her Facebook page on Friday a doctor had determined she was in no condition to teach. She said the warning the school had given her was very different from the one it had told the public she would receive.

Lam's supporters took to the streets in Mong Kok yesterday to collect signatures on a petition to back her up.

Speaking on the same RTHK programme, education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen said: "The police should prevent or prohibit any back-to-school rally that would jeopardise the learning environment of students," he said. "They should also ensure the pupils' safety."

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daniel18
Lam Sze wai better shxt the hxll up and give her axx a chance! Dont fake ur apologies! Even kid can tell u apologized out of ur selfish intention that u simply pretend to be pity and earn public support and as a result, u can get ur punishment overturned. If u dont wanna do ur job, just quit. But I know u will never, simply because u still wanna be a civil servant and have ur retirement pension. U r not really wanna teach, u bitxh! What a fuxking bitxh! Have some fuxking self reflection, big liar!
Camel
You are right. in other countries Ms. Lam would have been fired already initialized by the parents board of the school. Such a person is not fitting into a teaching position of primary students. she would only radicalize the children.
Camel
It's not illegal but can she still be a teacher teaching small kids? Is it not possible that such a person with this kind of mindset and attidute towards police officers would only radicalize the children?
ngsw
She is not swearing "F-offf", but "DLLM" to a police officer, who can't treat her with a fist. If you don't know what is DLLM, then you don't know why so many HKers are mad at her. A woman shouting DLLM so loudly and unabashedly is no ordinary woman. There are some things behind. Recent years see many radical political groups getting more and more extreme. This incidence reflects how HKers are getting sick of it. If you google "調理農務", you will have more insights about this incidence and know more about her and know why HK is turned upside down. (But don't bother if you don't understand Cantonese foul language.)
carmeledwin
"What the f..k" is bad enough. She was saying DLLM to a police officer who can do nothing but stand there to be insulted. DLLM stands for "f..k your mother!" Is that foul language enough? Is that good behavour for a teacher in public? Is that the kind of behavour you expect a teacher who teaches your children? Do we expect our teachers to behave as a teacher in public. Her behaviour was what caused me to say time and time again that by her actions she has shown herself as not "FIT AND PROPER" to be a teacher.That is also why I said that her teaching license needs to be cancelled. In other countries she would have lost it already.
daily
Can even one person out there claim that it is illegal to swear "F-offf." at a police officer?...........I don't think so.........it might not be very polite or morally incorrect for a teacher to do so, but it is not illegal, so let's drop this case and let the world move on........if we need to tell a police office to "F-offf", we should have the right to do so.............NOT ILLEGAL!
CadenHK
If everything only depends on whether it is legal or not, but not also moral or not, I will only say it would sadden me to see hk is getting backward even though our economy is flourishing, our living quality is getting better.... If CY swears in a public area while making a speech, do u think he should apology? Or would anyone comes forward and defend him saying why can't our chief executive swear as It's not against the law at all??
mercedes2233
May not be illegal but still rude and deserves an apology. A person who says nasty things should also learn to say nice things. And to be fair. If I happened to step on your toes, I would apologize immediately, even though that action was not illegal.
hard times !
The convenor of the Voice of Loving Hong Kong, Ko Tat-pun (who is also a member of lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's New People's Party) insisted on staging a protest outside the primary school that Ms Lam Wai-sze is teaching.He accused Ms Lam of no reflection and no apology towards the cops sworn against by her on July 14th in Mongkok.Yet the Education minister,Mr.Ng Hak-kim has already expressed the government's intention/wish to let the case come to a halt and no more agruments or fuss over it so that Hong Kong can move forwards.Thus those who insist on putting pressure on Pui Ling Primary School (regardless of the students there) should be condemend and damned as well !
henleyhk
This case is very disturbing. Ms Lam was not attending the demonstration to represent her her pupils, her school, her colleagues or her profession. She was not there as a teacher. She was there as a private citizen in her own time. To suggest that she does not have the same right to free speech (guaranteed in the Basic Law) as the rest of us because she is a teacher is just plain wrong. For the same reason, it was wrong of her school to issue her with some sort of penalty/warning, and it was wrong of Ms Lam to accept it. It was particularly wrong of the CEO to ask for a report on the matter. A report on what? With what possible consequences? It's just a crude attempt at intimidation and bullying.
As for the police, if they are so sensitive that they take personally some verbal abuse hurled at them while they try to defend the indefensible in the middle of a commotion, I suggest they are in the wrong profession. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" (Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her biography of Voltaire)."
It is also nonsense to suggest that just because Ms Lam is capable of deploying foul language in her free time, that she is not also capable of being an excellent, professional teacher in the classroom - indeed, I seem to remember reading that she won an award or commendation not long ago.

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