Lawmaker-elect Andrew Wan Siu-kin has accused the police of not being professional in handling threats against him. He claimed the force only actively contacted him after he made four reports about the threats.
According to Wan, he and his family were followed by a car on August 31, and he was followed by another suspicious car on September 1. His campaign van was also splashed with flammable liquid on September 2. Later, his three offices in Tuen Mun and Kwai Chung received several letters with cutter blades attached. And, most recently, a letter posted to his residential address included the phrase “be safe wherever you go.”
Wan, the Democratic Party’s vice-chairman, said that he reported the threats to the police, but he has not been asked to give statements. He added that it was not until Eddie Chu Hoi-dick – lawmaker-elect who received police protection after death threats – talked about threats against Wan on a radio programme on September 10, that the police contacted him.
Wan said the threats may be related to his election platform after he opposed special privileges for powerful rural bodies and people. He was also responsible for reporting the case of Ken Chow Wing-kan to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, saying that Chow was forced to drop out of the election facing pressure from “bad powers.”
“We can see the police were taking them [threats] lightly and with negligence,” Wan said. “No matter whether they were targeting a candidate or a common citizen, [the handling of] such physical threats was delayed for so many days, until it was talked about on radio,” he added.
But Wan said the police had evaluated that he was safe in a phone conversation with him. He had, however, already arranged his family members to move away temporarily, and was considering hiring a security company.
Wan also accused the police of not keeping evidence safe in the case related to the van which was vandalised. He said police officers at the scene claimed two bottles with flammable liquid inside were from a construction side nearby and were not used to splash the van. The officers then threw the bottles into a bin after giving his staff members a case number.
Lam Cheuk-ting, another lawmaker-elect of the party, also criticised the alleged actions, saying that it was unprofessional and irresponsible.
“The relevant evidence may have fingerprints of the attackers that can be lifted by forensics, but the police did not take good care of evidence – and even destroyed pieces… this is totally unacceptable,” he said.
He claimed such negligence of duty could constitute a misconduct in public office offence.