The House News
5th August 2013
FEHD Staff Rights Union Supports Ms Alpais Lam, Chair-lady of the Union Receives Threats
Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Staff Rights Union (FEHD Staff Rights Union) issued a statement on 4th August condemning the Cultural Revolution-like brutal actions targeting Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze. The Chair-lady of the Union received multiple threatening calls that evening, and reported the case the next afternoon. The Union immediately issued a statement demanding the police to enforce the law without bias. InMedia also reported that a self-claimed police threatens the FEHD staff on an online discussion group that the police will not response to requests from FEHD staff in the future.
FEHD Staff Rights Union’s statement:
Recently, Ms Alpais Lam Wai-sze spoke out for justice. Only because of one obscene word, she was publicly denounced and was sent funeral flower baskets, offensive banners, unreasonable complaints – which is no different from the Cultural Revolution’s struggle sessions. The Union issued a public statement condemning such violent suppression yesterday. After the statement was released, Ms Lee Siu-mei, the Chair-lady of the union received multiple threatening calls late last night. These calls are obviously made by a group of organised and pro-establishment thugs, who wish to suppress all those who speak out for justice.
After the statement was issued yesterday (4th August), it was rapidly circulated online. Some participants at the event (4th August protest) read out the statement which received a lot of support from those who support freedom of speech. Around 11pm on the same evening, Ms Lee Siu-mei, our Chair-lady, received a number of private number calls. Ms Lee did not answer any of them as it was late at night, but she listened to the messages at her voice mail box, and all the messages were abusive and contain many swear words, scolding her and said that she does not represent staff at FEHD.
For personal safety reasons, and to demonstrate that the Union will not kowtow to the thugs who want to suppress freedom of speech, Ms Lee went to Kwai Chung Police Station at 4pm today (5th August) to report the case and demand the police to enforce the law. Legislator Mr Leung Yiu-chung, District Council members Mr Leung Chi-shing, Mr Leung Kam-wai and Mr Chow Wai-hung, Ms Ho Chi-kwan from League of Defense Hong Kong Freedom, Mr Wong Wah-hing from Government Frontline Employees Union and a number of members from Neighbourhood & Workers’ Service Centre accompanied Ms Lee to the police station.
Although we are facing the threats from the evil power, the Union is determine to defense freedom of speech and stay stern on condemning the Cultural Revolution-like actions which exhaust all means to suppress the oppositions for speaking out for justice.
Our two stands on this incident:
(1) The police to enforce the law without bias in order to stop criminal intimidation towards Hong Kong citizens
(2) Support Ms Alpais Lam’s righteous action and condemn any threats and suppression against freedom of speech
Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Staff Rights Union
Government Frontline Employees Union
5th August 2013