Pro-Beijing legislator Junius Ho on Thursday dismissed complaints over his efforts to oust Occupy leader Benny Tai from his university post, saying academics who have condemned his campaign don’t represent the education field.
Ho has been accused of interfering in academic freedom with his high-profile action aimed at persuading the University of Hong Kong to strip Professor Tai of his law faculty position. More than 100 academics signed a joint statement attacking Ho’s action.
But the lawmaker, who says Tai isn’t fit to teach at the university after promoting civil disobedience, insists he is merely exercising his right to free speech.
Ho dismissed the statement as “nonsense”, saying it was signed by "a bunch of people" who can’t represent the education field.
After appearing on a radio programme, Ho said he had once again written to the university’s vice-chancellor, Peter Mathieson, to ask whether an investigation into Tai has been started.
“At least at this moment, I have a legitimate expectation that the [university] council should process my complaint formally and officially,” Ho said.
Mathieson has previously stated that it is for the courts to decide whether Tai is guilty of any wrongdoing. The professor is among several prominent figures from the 2014 Occupy movement facing legal action over the 79-day sit-ins.