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Hong Kong police chief tells city to watch its mouth

Andy Tsang appeals to Hongkongers over foul language in wake of disputes with force

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 September, 2013, 5:54pm

Greet others' mothers no more - such was the latest message from the police chief in his appeal against Hongkongers using foul language in public.

"Greeting mothers" is a common Cantonese expression referring to foul language.

"Both the police and ordinary residents should be respectful - respect oneself, respect others, and respect the society of Hong Kong," said police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung.

"Let's imagine a Hong Kong where you greet my mother and I greet yours on the street - what kind of society will it be?

"You cannot do something simply because it's not illegal," Tsang said.

His said this yesterday, about two months after schoolteacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze was recorded swearing at police officers and the video went viral on the internet. Lam swore in English.

She was dissatisfied with the force's "inaction" towards anti-Falun Gong protesters obstructing the religious group's activity on a Mong Kok street.

The online dispute with Lam led to a pro-police rally last month, during which thousands of supporters and detractors of the teacher exchanged insults in Mong Kok.

Commenting on the issue in an interview on Commercial Radio, Tsang called it "natural" for the police force to be unhappy when it was "misunderstood".

He asked the police to remain calm in all situations.

But he rejected allegations that police had a political agenda in arresting protesters, claiming that protesters' methods had turned increasingly radical, if not violent.

Tsang also said he would liaise with the Department of Justice on the updated prosecution policy that regulates the arrest of protesters to see if the police needed to change its practices.

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sipsip1238
Andy should watch his mouth as well. I can only believe that his mother is better behaved than he is.
Camel
What is wrong about what he is saying?
ejmciii
Who is he to tell the citizens how to express themselves. He is a public servant, not a king. Perhaps that works in your home but we are still allowed some freedom that your masters cannot take. Go back home if you do not like our freedom.
ejmciii
I wonder what that says about those who expectorate, urinate and defecate in the streets of our city. Apparently, those to the north think we live in their toilet.
Camel
So you putting them on the same level? At least those who urinate and defecate are childrens (in HK).
ejmciii
No, they are not all children, sadly.
Camel
Just like the ones who urinate in the subways of London, Berlin and New York?
And you want to tell me there are Mainlanders of adult age who defecate on the streets of HK? Stop spreading fairy tales and BS. You are nothing more than a propaganda machinery of the Mainland Basher who spreads BS to enjoy themselve.
ejmciii
Have seen them urinate and expectorate, tool, saw it in TST today. Keep sucking on that mainland tool. They will reward you for being a good slave, useless. Why stay in HK. You pine for your home in China. Go home. We must offend you.
caractacus
For one I agree with the Police Commissioner. Foul language is a reflection of generally poor civic education and bad parenting that so many people here, especially the males, shout loudly all the time and the DLLL expletive seems to be every other word out of their mouths. In civilised countries even the uneducated curb their language in front of women and children.
No wonder visitors to HK often say Hong Kongers are rude.
skywalker
Well, some locals proudly taught me that being rude and using foul language is an essential part of Cantonese culture. I have no idea if this is really true. But the police should also watch its own language as well, especially when it comes to English. That's rather sub-standard for an average Hong Kong police officer.

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