From the South China Morning Post this week in 1977 The crisis in the police force came to a head with 4,000 angry officers protesting outside their headquarters in Arsenal Street demanding a meeting with police commissioner Brian Slevin. They were complaining of Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) 'persecution' and sought to highlight 'rock-bottom morale'. Then a mob of 120 civilians, including some former police officers, stormed the ICAC offices in Hutchison House. In what was described as an 'ugly incident', five investigators were injured when a brawl broke out in the lobby. The Foreign Office in London was monitoring the situation closely. An inquiry was launched into the apparent suicide of Kwan Hing-Yun, 39, a police inspector at Mongkok police station. He died 18 hours after making a voluntary visit to the ICAC to talk about corruption at the station. In an unprecedented move, the ICAC revealed Kwan had approached it asking to disclose offences he had committed. Finding him emotional and irrational, ICAC investigators notified his Mongkok colleagues and suggested he take some time off. The next day he plunged to his death from a high floor in the police station. The Police Officers' Association said legal action would be taken if there was any suggestion that Kwan's death was connected to pressure from the ICAC. Under the headline 'Booze Brigade upsets Peking', it was reported China had launched a campaign to stamp out corruption and capitalism, especially in rural areas. Public money had been squandered on banquets and girls, the People's Daily was reported as saying. There was evidence of a breakdown in administrative order in some communes, which were denounced for carousing, gambling and embezzling money that should have gone to improve the living standards of workers as reward for increased productivity. Some advertisements were still extraordinarily sexist, such as one by Jardines, agents for Grundig, an electrical appliances manufacturer. 'You can still enjoy the pretty face with our Stenorette 2050,' it said, promoting its 'very good looking' dictaphone machine. 'We will admit it doesn't look quite as good as a pretty secretary, but unlike a pretty secretary, it's always available ... Think about it, you can still have that pretty face in your office but she won't cost as much.' Abortion was a hot topic. Monica Colingham wrote to the editor objecting to the number of the men writing on the subject. 'It is strange how men keep writing to your column saying how they disapprove of abortion - do they feel threatened by women throwing off the oppression of centuries and demanding control over their own bodies?' she asked. The views of a 19-year-old nightclub hostess can only be guessed after her backstreet abortion in Nathan Road went horribly wrong. The High Court heard how Wang Lai-Ha was in so much pain after her three-hour ordeal that she was rushed to hospital. Serious internal injuries had been inflicted by abortionist Ng Ying, 42, in a $600 procedure. Ng pleaded not guilty to using an instrument in order to procure a miscarriage when he appeared in the High Court. The subject of Filipino maids was rarely out of the letters column, with one correspondent moaning how he had spent $2,000 hiring a maid directly from Manila. The two-year contract could be broken with one month's notice on each side, he acknowledged, but he was incensed when she resigned after just five months and he had to fork out for her ticket home. 'She was homesick and wanted to go back,' he said. This was 'a racket', he reckoned, with girls coming under contract, staying a few months to see the 'glamour of Hong Kong' and then going back after they had some money in hand.