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Lawmaker Albert Ho apologises over model photos

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 3:05pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 3:05pm

An embarrassed Hong Kong lawmaker has apologised after he was photographed looking at scantily-dressed pictures of models on his tablet computer during a budget speech at the Chinese city’s parliament.

Pro-democracy politician Albert Ho was snapped flipping through multiple photos of bikini-clad ladies while finance minister John Tsang delivered a one-and-a-half-hour long budget speech on Wednesday.

“It just so happened that at that time, I casually saw the photos,” said Ho, who failed in a bid to become the semi-autonomous city’s leader in 2012.

“I have learnt a lesson, I should not commit such a mistake again,” he told reporters on Wednesday, adding that he had apologised for the incident.

Photographs published in local media showed Ho in the legislative chamber holding up the screen cover of his iPad tablet, apparently in an attempt to conceal what he was doing, while swiping through the photos.

The South China Morning Post reported that the lawmaker, who was for a time the chairman of the city’s largest pro-democracy party, browsed through the photos for 10 minutes.

Ho is not the first lawmaker to be left red-faced after being distracted during parliamentary business.

In 2011 an Indonesia lawmaker from a conservative Islamic party resigned after he was photographed looking at pornography on his tablet computer in parliament.

In 2003, Hong Kong’s then education minister Arthur Li was spotted playing a video game in parliament while last year lawmaker Eddie Ng was seen checking stock market updates on his phone during a question-and-answer session with the chief executive.

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lamlm38
what comes next? 'relieve' yourself in parliament? haha
Camel
Well, he finds models more interesting than the speech. So, nothing to be upset of (if only he wouldn't be the one who raises the finger first if one of his Ledgo colleagues would do similar).
maecheung
Mr. Ho, please do the honorable thing to show your apology is sincere by RESIGNING! You are a disgrace to Legco, and Hong Kong!
Stephan
Please RESIGN, it is better for you and for HK!
zx
This is unprofessional, to say the very least. And makes one wonder how dumb he is...doing it in parliament, really?
mdap
DUMB DIRTY PATHETIC OLD MAN! THIS SHOWS HOW MUCH ATTENTION HE WOULD HAVE PAID TO RUNNING HONG KONG !
HK-Explorer
If I was caught looking at this type of pictures in my office I would be gone or severely written up. Now I wonder about other questionable decisions he makes. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
ngsw
Ho should use some peep-proof gadget to beat the camera of the newspersons. But this time, caught red-handed and red-faced. Funny. Human nature. No big deal. But don't claim themselves sacrosanct or whiter than white.
meoii
How is this news anyways? Even SCMP is becoming more Chinese post 97, picking up on local gossip. These kind of pics can be found everyday on apple daily anyways. Big deal!
HK-Lover
Can someone at SCMP enlighten me why you write ".....at the Chinese city's parliament" ? First I was wondering where on the mainland this happened.
Is it so crucial for this article to mention that HK belongs to China ?

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