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  • Oct 26, 2014
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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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I'm relieved he is not gay. That's all that matters.
Excuse me !
Would it make any difference to the quality and ability of a politician what sexual orientation he or she has ?
I think that was meant to be a joke.
Coming from this guy who is always criticizing others of their faults and asking them to resign, I would think an apology for his actions doesn't mean much.............the biggest joke is his statement "“It just so happened that at that time, I casually saw the photos".........You don't just casually see such type of photos unless you "intentionally" browse for them..........and for 10 minutes too?!!?!?
I think that it's a joke and a big one that this fat dwarf is even still one of the city's legislator........... I really wonder if he really is embarrassed of being caught in such an unethical act........if he really is, an apology is not enough..........Should just disappear from Legco.
Why resign? I would imagine some of us have fallen into the temptation and clicked through a banner/article that we shouldn't have seen...in the office. The question is whether you got caught out or not.
At least it shows the more 'human' side of him. What he was doing wasn't exactly like Clinton who banged an intern. Or Hollande who had an affair with X.
I think it's for a good laugh and people should take this lightly. Hell.. I am pretty sure that even CY Leung watches **** for all you know.
xxxx is p.0rn BTW.
Albert, you always have a high standard to uphold, always critizing others.
As you will always ask of others in similar situation, RESIGN please !
As ex-leader of the Democrat Party and once a CE candidate, you should QUIT immediately !
then he would no longer be attractive for free junkets to see airplanes in France with his wife and Legco pals
Don't apologize. Have the decency to resign.




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