Chiu Kwok-kwan is an unabashed fan of Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. In the outgoing secretary for security, the Zhejiang migrant sees the qualities he admires most. 'She's so steadfast to suffer attacks and criticism while at the same time managing to do her job so well,' says Mr Chiu, 63. 'She continue going forward even against the wind.' He says the news of her resignation last week sent him into turmoil. 'I couldn't sleep that evening ... I went to Shenzhen immediately that night to buy the painting.' He is referring to a wash painting of a soaring hawk over an expansive sky. In the blank margin of the painting he wrote a message: 'The true hawk is never frightened by lightning or thunder, while sea swallows only hover in the sky.' He also wrote a long letter with a calligrapher's brush to express his feelings. Last Saturday, after waiting outside the Central Government Offices for more than an hour, he was allowed to leave the painting and letter to Mrs Ip. 'You did nothing wrong, but have made many contributions. What you have done is not for yourself, but for the government and the country,' he said in his letter. Mr Chiu, who came to Hong Kong to work with his Taiwanese uncle in 1988, says he cannot stand injustice in any form. His strict moral code even led to his divorce from his second wife, after he claims she faked a medical report to allow her to obtain worker's compensation. He wrote a letter exposing her to her employer and made up his mind to divorce her. The incident struck a raw nerve with Mr Chiu, who says he believes that people should be responsible for their own welfare. When he first came to Hong Kong, he worked two jobs every day to support his family - working for his uncle's company in the day and as a doorkeeper at night. Now, he works for a horticulture company. Mr Chiu also describes himself as patriot. 'Without the Communist Party, there would be no development in China or in Hong Kong. Every Chinese has the responsibility to protect the country, let alone government officials,' he says. He says he had witnessed much historic change on the mainland and compares the unrest in Hong Kong to the Cultural Revolution. 'There's no difference [between Hong Kong's situation and the Cultural Revolution] with continuous protests and demonstrations. Now Hong Kong people demonstrate for everything - social security, the right to stay in Hong Kong, reductions in civil servants' salary, public housing, and even public housing tenants who want to keep dogs,' he said. He says that if the government made errors, it could be pointed out in a sincere manner - not in the way of the protesters, who he believes were abetted by a group with 'secret goals'. Mr Chiu wrote to Mrs Ip on July 6. 'I told her that I support her and would die for her if anything happened,' he said. 'I appreciated what she said about the July 1 demonstration, that it proves that Hong Kong is a society with freedom.' Mr Chiu compared Mrs Ip to Mao Zedong. 'She is like Mao. He said in one poem: 'When thousands of enemies surround me, I stay calm and motionless'. Though there's no enemy now,' he added. Mr Chiu never thought he would hear from Mrs Ip, but he has since received a phone call. 'I'm so glad to get Mrs Ip's call. She thanked me for my support and gifts. She's so amiable. 'Mrs Ip is a rare talented person and her resignation is a great loss to the Hong Kong government. I will continue to support her, even if I didn't receive any response.'