Radio show host Albert Cheng King-hon wept yesterday and hinted he may change his controversial approach as he spoke of his regrets at playing with fire in his commentaries. Cheng, making his first public appearance since he was attacked, for a TV interview, suggested he may be forced to be less outspoken for the sake of his family's safety. Wearing a red shirt, the popular media personality appeared in good spirits and could move his right hand fairly freely. The wall beside his bed was covered with get-well cards sent by relatives and fans. Cheng spoke of how the assault had changed his attitude to life: 'Maybe I have not been wise in the past. I always looked at issues from the standpoint of justice, while others would consider if it was wise to do so. 'I berated others for being timid. I ventured [over] the hill, knowing there were tigers. Now I know it could cost my life.' Cheng then chuckled for a moment before bursting into tears. He said: 'I was wrong. I played with fire and the result was I got myself burned.' Better known by his nickname 'Taipan', Cheng was chopped by two assailants as he arrived for work at Commercial Radio on August 19, leaving him bleeding heavily from six deep wounds. He has since been under 24-hour police protection at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and has been told it might take more than a year before nerve tissue in his right leg recovers. 'The doctors told me the tissue grows very slowly. It might grow only one inch [2.5cm] a month. 'I have had nightmares about the attack. I dreamt that I woke up and I was at home but then a doctor told me I was still in the intensive care unit. 'Life is very fragile. I am scared by the attack,' he said. 'The attack frightened my mother, my wife, my relatives and sons. 'As a son, a husband, and a father, I have a responsibility to them and I have to give this consideration. 'I have not thought much about my future. 'The most important thing now is that I can recover so that I can look after and protect my family.'