The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has condemned a poster put up on the campus of the Education University containing an offensive comment about the Undersecretary for Education, Christine Choi, whose son died on Thursday.
The poster “congratulated” Choi on the death of her son, who was 25. The university said it is tracking down two suspects who were captured on CCTV putting up the poster on a notice board.
In a statement, Lam said she's "shocked" to learn about the incident, calling the poster "extremely callous and insulting".
She also described the remark about Choi as "entirely disrespectful, against the moral values of society and cold-blooded" and said "the whole community is shocked, grieved and enraged by the appearance of such remarks in a tertiary institution in Hong Kong".
Lam said she had expressed her deep concern on the matter to the head of the university, Stephen Cheung.
The recent appearance of posters advocating Hong Kong independence on several university campuses also came under fire from the CE, who is the chancellor of all Hong Kong's public universities.
She said freedom of speech is not without limits, and that "academic freedom and autonomy of tertiary institutions are not excuses for the advocacy of fallacies".
Lam said all these improper remarks have already "overstepped the bottom line of society".
The Chief Executive urged different sectors of society to join forces to rectify "such abuse of the freedom of speech", so as to "safeguard the core values" and "defend the moral standard" that Hong Kong should have.