Lawmaker Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung was caught swearing at a fellow lawmaker at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, after he forgot to turn off his mic.

The pro-Beijing Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong party lawmaker was standing up to speak during a question and answer session with the government.

Lawmaker Ray Chan Chi-chuen interrupted Lam to ask LegCo president Jasper Tsang to ring the quorum bell. Chan had hoped to delay the start of the controversial new copyright bill debate. Clearly unhappy with the interjection, Jeffrey Lam muttered “hum gaa…” in Cantonese, without realising that his microphone was still on.

Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung
Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung.

The incident has already spawned remixes and parody videos. Netizens suspected that Lam intended to say a foul Cantonese phrase meaning “I am going to kill your whole family” or “This fucking guy.”

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Lam told local media at an event on Wednesday night that “I am not perfect, I have feelings too.”

Lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung also uttered the phrase during a Panel on Security meeting at LegCo in June. However, they were warned by lawmaker Ip Kwok-him not to use the phrase again.

Press Conference pro-establishment
Press Conference following pro-establishment parties missing the political reform vote. Photo: MM@DBC.HK Youtube.

The LegCo meeting on Wednesday was adjourned after the pan-democrats’ fourth attempt to ask for a count of quorum.

Only 29 lawmakers were present when the bell ceased after 15 minutes, including seven pan-democrats and 22 pro-Beijing camp lawmakers -fewer than the required 35.

In June, Jeffrey Lam initiated an unsuccessful walkout that caused 33 lawmakers to miss the pivotal Legislative Council vote on the government’s political reform package.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.