'I'm okay': Kevin Lau gives defiant signal as he is moved out of intensive care

Former Ming Pao editor stable but faces long recovery - as controversy over case continues

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 March, 2014, 5:33am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 March, 2014, 8:59am

Former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to - critically hurt in a chopping attack - is in a stable condition and was moved from intensive care to a private ward yesterday.

But his wife, Vivien Chan Pik-kwan, says he faces a long road to recovery. He did not respond to reporters' questions as he was transferred but gave an OK signal.

Chan said Lau's wounds, which have damaged crucial nerves in his legs, were "deep and serious".

"He will have to undergo a prolonged programme of physiotherapy and other rehabilitation. It will not be an easy recovery," she said.

Separately, Ming Pao's new chief editor, Cheung Kin-bor, said yesterday it had submitted 10 sensitive stories to the police investigation. The stories may have caused offence, he said.

Lau was ambushed as he got out of his car near a restaurant in Sai Wan Ho he frequents for breakfast shortly after 10.30am on Wednesday. No motive has been established for the attack, which police say was a "classic triad hit", in which a pillion passenger leapt off a motorcycle and slashed Lau from behind.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's 22-year-old daughter has whipped up a Facebook storm after posting a message saying the attack had nothing to do with press freedom.

The remark by Leung Chai-yan - a London School of Economics law student - on Thursday drew more than 3,000 comments by yesterday, some of them abusive.

The Chief Executive's Office said it would not comment.

"What does the attack have anything [sic] to do with press freedom?! Come on people," Leung wrote on her Facebook page, a day after the attack.

Her father had "strongly condemned" the attack and spoke of respect for press freedom.

Earlier, she wrote: "I don't think you need an expert analyst to know that. Lol," referring to a report quoting police as saying the attack aimed to send a message to Lau rather than kill him.

Thousands of Hongkongers left messages condemning her remarks. But Leung fired back on Friday: "Haters gonna hate."