• Thu
  • Nov 27, 2014
  • Updated: 7:07am

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.

NewsHong Kong
SOCIETY

Teacher Alpais Lam wants protection after death threats

Embattled primary school teacher says letter threatening to kill her was the third she received, but she trusts police will help her

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 September, 2013, 2:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 September, 2013, 6:08pm
 

Poll

  • Yes: 77%
  • No: 23%
6 Sep 2013
  • Yes
  • No
Total number of votes recorded: 390

Primary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze will ask for police protection after receiving a death threat letter which had a box-cutter blade attached to it.

Lam, who filed a police report yesterday, said she feared for her safety and would write to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung to request protection.

She posted a picture of the handwritten letter, which was signed by a self-proclaimed "underground Communist Party member", on Facebook. A box-cutter blade was stuck to the bottom of the letter.

"I was quite scared as any woman would be in a situation like this, but I did what any citizen would do and sought police help," Lam said outside Tai Po police station where she filed the report. She was accompanied by her lawyer, lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo. "It was only the third letter I opened after relatives helped me pick them up from school."

The letter, written in simplified Chinese and dated August 6, 2013, criticised Lam for being a supporter of Falun Gong, a spiritual group banned on the mainland. Its writer threatened to kill her. "We have to kill you … You should call the police, you must call the police," it read.

The author claimed to be part of a group called the Patriotic Youths Association with "tens of millions of supporters". It also accused Lam of being "an anti-communism element" who taught students to oppose the doctrine.

Cheng said this was the third death threat Lam had reported to police since July.

Lam is still on sick leave from the Pui Ling School of the Precious Blood in Fanling, where she teaches. "I hope this is the last time I have to report a letter like this," she said. "I still think Hong Kong is a place with the rule of law and I trust the police will help me get to the bottom of this."

The police commissioner yesterday called on the teacher to provide more information to assist with the investigation.

A video of Lam swearing at police during a rally in Mong Kok went viral online in July. She had been upset at how the officers handled a dispute in which an anti-Falun Gong group obstructed the Falun Gong's activities.

The online fracas culminated in a pro-police rally in early August which saw thousands of supporters and detractors of Lam exchange insults in Mong Kok.

"I know this has been very unfair to my school. I will take this as a valuable experience," Lam said.

The Mong Kok event - believed to have been attended by hundreds of off-duty and retired police officers - sparked a debate on the impartiality of the police force. Police associations demanded a clearer definition of "political activities" specified in the Police General Orders.

In response, Tsang yesterday said the force would first communicate with officers instead of using punishment when officers' behaviour exceeded the restrictions specified in the police code.

"If we are to review the 'frame' every time something happens, there will be no frame," Tsang said when asked if the police would amend its general orders, describing restrictions on officers' participation in political activities as a "frame".

 

Share

Related topics

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
90

This article is now closed to comments

honger
Miss Alpais,
1) Can you please apologise to the police first and set an example for your students before asking for their help?
2) Since you acted so ungraciously against the police, would you yourself help them if the tables were turned?
3) You said you received THREE letters altogether. Why didn't you report the first two?
4) Lastly, how do we know the letters were not planted by those who would benefit most from anti communist propaganda, including yourself? You did preached anti-communist teachings to your students to brainwash them when you were supposed to be impartial.
5) It is time we draw a line to this brouhaha caused by your goodself in the first place - you are wasting precious resources funded by our taxes!
daily
Whoever wrote the death threat is the one who should be axed............it is no crime to swear at police officers.............find something in the law that says it is illegal and then that should shut up those protesters.
Camel
Wow, now she pulling the victim card. I just had a discussion with some friends some weeks ago where we were talking about what her next step would be. Either she would resign or playing victim. Now, we know it. Playing victim in hoping getting more sympathy from public and putting it in a way that a communist conspiracy is going on against her. Well, now it is becoming to an act similar to a bad written TVB show.
req
Protect her and society. Put her in a cage. Sound proof it.
honger
Also, Miss Alpais, please take a good look at yourself. I am sick of your pretentiousness!!!
mercedes2233
The 'moron with bad spelling' and 'the handful of oppressive idiots' are also 'entitled to express their feelings' too. Why should the teacher be the only person to do so? You feel for the 'abuse this woman has suffered'. I am more sorry for the abuse the police suffered in the course of their duties. They did not deserve the foul-mouthed harangue, and unfortunately did not have the right of free speech to reply to her in kind. Her behavior by any standards is 'scandalous', and she 'should be ashamed of her role in provoking an outrage like this'.
What 'thought police'? I am responsible for my actions and have not felt controlled. Only the poor police did not have free speech, even those about to retire. Think about it.
wingchi1000
I don’t think she deserves to be empathized as to the saga of her swearing at the police in Mong Kok. The orchestrated dispute over the way of police to handle a confrontation between the two associations doesn’t look like “to defend the weak against the strong”. Besides it, she is a crony of the LSD, no wonder that she has to keep playing the game, perhaps, for the purpose of destroying the reputation of the HK Police, or / and the entire Hong Kong. Now playing a victim is only way she can do since her swearing has not gained public applause. It’s just nothing more than an act for being intimidated at all.
Camel
But she is not suitable to teach primary students. I don't want my kids come home from school and use foul words.
andreaswagner
First she insults the police, now she wants police protection. The worrying question is why muppets like that are allowed to teach.
hard times !
I am glad to know that the survey carried out by Morning Post shows that 76% of the respondents agree that Hong Kong police should provide protection to Ms Lam Wai-sze who has received a letter of threat ---------threatening to take her life for attacking Chinese communists, teaching her students anti-communism,using abusive words against the cops who failed to separate the Falun Gong and H.K.Youth Care Association in these two parties' row in Mongkok on July 14th ! The letter was written in simplified Chinese by a man named,'Li Kwok-keung' who claimed to be an underground Chinese communist ( as our incumbent Chief Executive and the president of our Legislative Council and the minister for home affairs,Mr.Tsang Tak-shing plus some prominent political figures in town ! )

Pages

Login

SCMP.com Account

or