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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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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
 

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  • Yes: 77%
  • No: 23%
6 Sep 2013
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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".

 

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the sun also rises
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 ! )
chuchu59
Her abuse of the police was unwarranted to say the least but I cannot agree with some people's thoughts that the Police need not offer her protection or that she shouldnt seek the help of the Police because she scolded them. As a HK citzen she is entitled to police protection if she feels her life is under threat. The 2 issues must not be mixed up.
mercedes2233
Imagine their enthusiasm in solving the matter.
fsk999
When she apologises for her appalling behaviour towards the police......then she can request their help. And stop giving the woman air time......that is what is fueling the unrest.
peter barrett
fsk999,
get with the program. you can't see what is happening. We are losing freedom of speech...supported by the police action and government persecution.
ngsw
Why the writer of this letter did not claim himself/herself "a HK citizen" instead of "underground Communist Party member"? What sense is it? This would only make her look more like a victim of political persecution.
Would someone tell her that if she really feels the threat, she should preserve the letter as pristine as possible for forensically tracing the writer instead of using it as a prop to draw the cameras of the media.
tfung
I hope the police do nothing at all until she fully apologizes to them....
yellow_lynx_cat
This is so despicable of you! The Police has to protect citizens because it is their duties! They deserve no privilege for not being insulted. I heard Police shouting swear words at citizens too, according to your logic, those citizens that were verbally abused are entitled to break the law and the Police has to apologize to them before arresting them ????
tfung
Is it their duty also to just stand there and allow someone to use profanity and swear at them? Since she feels from the bottom of her heart that the police are useless and does not do their job properly, why bother asking for their help?
mercedes2233
The HK police are among the best in the world. They have been polite all through the event. If you don't respect them, why ask them for help, particularly if they are 公安 and condoning the removal of organs of Falungong members? The teacher is well equipped to defend herself. She won the last round against the police single-handedly.

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