Incoming lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu said in a live Facebook broadcast on Saturday that giving gifts is part of Chinese culture.
Ho also said that the goal behind “treats,” which encompass snake soup, mooncakes, Dragon Boat Festival dumplings and vegetarian banquets, is to delight the elderly.
These “treats” are seen by pan-democrats as tactics to attract votes, and fall in the grey zone when it comes to laws against vote-buying.
In a live broadcast series described as “Junius’ action at home,” he also said that he is giving out signed posters to thank his supporters for voting for him, as he had many posters left over. One commenter thanked him during the broadcast, saying that she had already received a package that morning, while another said that she would like a signed poster as well.
‘Not Sai Wan’s godson’
He said that Eddie Chu’s act of “reporting to the police is correct,” but that Chu should not be so high profile and should be more careful since his personal safety is already under threat. He said that he would like to help Chu if “Chu is not making it up,” and that he would provide advice for Chu.
Chu is currently receiving police protection after he reported that he received death threats. He won a seat in the Legislative Council with the highest number of votes in New Territories West, the same constituency as Ho. Ho, who is independent, won the last seat.
Ho also said that he was an honest person and not “the godson of Sai Wan.” The China Liaison Office is situated in Sai Wan, and is increasingly seen by the pan-democrats as a branch of Beijing which interferes with elections and other Hong Kong affairs.