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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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ianson
So now we have it. Commissioner Tsang thinks he has the right to go beyond the law and be the leader of our moral police. Hong Kong's going down the Communist Party drain faster than you can say DLLM.
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.
ejmciii
As if he would admit if the police have a policy of targeting certain protestors whose political positions are contrary to the Executive's views of things. Just sayin'.
stoatmonster
Commissioner Tsang is correct: there's no excuse for using foul language. A dose of all round mutual respect will serve us all well.
Camel
What is wrong about what he is saying?
mercedes2233
The police chief is right -there is nothing to be gained by communication in foul language.
the sun also rises
I wonder whether the phrase,' what the fxxk' is a foul phrase since it means 'what the hell' as all English-speaking people well know and may always use it in expressing their frustration or dissatisfaction towards some absurd or unreasonable situations ! Of course, everybody here in town has to watch their mouths and not greeting others' mothers with foul words like 'fxxk your mum !' a clean society should be both clean in its environment and people's words used in their daily life especailly in public places ! Anyway, the 'WTF' uttered by primary school teacher Ms Lam Wai-sze is never a foul word ! It can be sure !
jaan
"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.
How about respecting the Basic Law Mr. Tsang?
"Article 27
Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of speech, of the press and of publication; freedom of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration..."
tfung
sorry, being respectful and having the freedom of speech can surely co-exist.. You can speak freely about what you are thinking and print whatever you want, but you can still be respectful and not need to use vulgar language...
Using foul language only shows the low level of education and upbringing of a person... You can express the same thoughts without having to resort to it...
hlcheng@me.com
Tsang and his cohort should watch their mouths first before anyone else. The Hong Kong Police is notorious of their foul language, on and off duty, no matter. It is tantamount to accusing someone being nefarious while he himself is a pimp!

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