Maverick legislator Chim Pui-chung walked out of the RTHK City Forum in protest yesterday after his remarks on the July 1 march and wealth gap problems were repeatedly booed from the floor. Mr Chim, lawmaker for the financial services sector, was attending the public affairs programme to talk about the July 1 march for democracy, but he was frequently interrupted by members of the audience, many of whom wore League of Social Democrats T-shirts. He was also interrupted by another speaker, league chairman Wong Yuk-man. 'The number of marchers, be it 100,000 or more, and even participants in the June 4 [candle-light vigil] numbering 150,000 or 200,000: they are still very small figures compared with the population of seven million in Hong Kong,' Mr Chim said at the beginning of the forum, drawing loud boos from the audience. He drew criticism again when disputing Mr Wong's remark that a wide wealth gap had caused serious class conflicts in Hong Kong. 'If you viewed Victoria Harbour 50 years ago, you would see all wooden houses. There was not even a flushing toilet in Central and in Western District. Young people should understand they are very lucky now,' Mr Chim said. This evoked further boos from the floor, with Mr Chim angrily telling members of the audience to stop. He suddenly left the show five minutes before it ended, after being interrupted by Mr Wong and Civil Human Rights Front convenor Wei Siu-lik. 'Why should I waste my time here?' Mr Chim said. Mr Wong said: 'If he wants free speech, why does he walk out? He just wants publicity. All newspapers tomorrow will carry headlines reading, 'Chim Pui-chung walks out'.'