Democrat Kam Nai-wai is to face an internal inquiry by his party into allegations that he had sexually harassed an assistant whom he sacked late last month. The party leaders say they are not prepared to report the case to police at this stage, based on the information so far made available by the sacked assistant. Kam yesterday discounted the sexual-harassment allegations but said his bad temper might be a factor that had triggered the complaint. Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, also a legislator, confirmed that Kam's former assistant had complained to him and vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing on Wednesday, six days after she was sacked. Ho declined to go into details, citing a request by the complainant not to make public any details about her or the case. But he did say that the complainant had been happy with the party's handling of the case so far. At a press conference, Kam said: 'I have absolutely not sexually harassed anyone. And I have absolutely not sacked anyone because anyone rejected my advances.' He acknowledged his bad temper, saying: 'Some of my colleagues have told me that I lose my temper too easily. I sometimes want things to be finished very quickly, and I also want to have a hand in even very minor daily routines. 'I will reflect on my way of management and will try to improve.' He declined to give the real cause of the dismissal. The party quoted Kam as praising the complainant for being efficient and competent. The veteran democrat, 49, is married, and won a seat in the legislature last year after 14 years as a district councillor or member of the now-defunct urban council. He gained popularity after helping investors in the minibond saga last year. His wife, Candy, attended yesterday's press conference but did not speak. The complainant joined Kam's office last December and was responsible for drafting speeches for him and co-ordinating his council business and his office's external affairs. Kam terminated her contract on September 24 with immediate effect, after making a payment in lieu of notice. On Wednesday, she complained in person to Ho and Lau. The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday quoted sources saying she had complained about being dismissed unreasonably, and that sexual harassment had been involved. Sexual harassment is illegal in Hong Kong. According to the Equal Opportunities Commission, a person can be regarded as a sexual harasser if he or she tries repeatedly to make a date despite being told 'no' every time. Jokes about sex, inappropriate touching or pinching can also be regarded as sexual harassment. The commission advises victims to report cases to it or the police. Ho said: 'We are not prepared to confirm or deny what the newspaper report says.' The party's central committee would meet on Thursday and was expected to hand the matter to the party's disciplinary committee to investigate, he said. A member of the Legislative Council's committee on members' interest, Wong Yung-kan, said it was too early to say whether the committee would investigate.