The police have arrested a 79-year-old woman after a video of her appearing to assault and intimidate a domestic worker surfaced online.

The woman, surnamed Pang, was arrested on Thursday evening in Wong Tai Sin, police told HKFP. The case has been listed as common assault and criminal intimidation. The woman was released on bail and is required to report to the police in early March.

Photo: Time News International screenshot.

In a video posted by Time News International on Wednesday, an elderly woman could be seen arguing with the 35-year-old domestic worker. The woman demanded to know what the domestic worker was saying – as she was speaking in her native language. She repeatedly slapped the employee. The clip has since been viewed over 873,000 times,

The woman told the domestic worker: “In the past 20 or so years I’ve never met anyone who’s as aggressive as you. Do you think I don’t know you’re attacking me in your language? I just don’t know what you’re saying…” She then rained blows on the domestic worker again.

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The woman also grabbed the domestic worker and demanded to go to the police station. “You’ve made me so angry that I’ve hit a employee now,” she said.

“If I didn’t have to go to jail for chopping you up – I’d chop you up,” the woman said before exiting the room.

The incident came just two days after a jailed local employer, Law Wan-tung, was ordered to pay her former domestic worker Tutik Lestari Ningish HK$170,000 in damages. The court heard that Tutik was subjected to false imprisonment and assault during her employment. Law is currently in jail for abusing domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in a case that made international headlines in 2014.


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Karen Cheung

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.