Social welfare sector lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun was relieved from his teaching duties at Baptist University on Friday, after the institution launched disciplinary procedures against him over his conviction last April for his role in the 2014 Occupy movement.
Shiu – a lecturer at the University’s Department of Social Work – told reporters he was summoned to an urgent meeting with senior university figures on Friday afternoon, where they handed him a letter formally informing him that he would not be resuming his teaching duties until an internal inquiry panel concludes its investigation.
Shiu was released in October after serving five months of a prison sentence, imposed after he was found guilty of incitement to commit public nuisance, and incitement to incite public nuisance.
The university confirmed that disciplinary proceedings have been launched, and the inquiry panel has determined that the subject should not resume teaching duties for now.
However, it stressed that Shiu has not been suspended or sacked.
Shiu cried foul at the move, accusing the university of ‘political persecution’.
“It is obvious that this has nothing to do with my work, or my future. This is political cleansing; it’s political persecution”, Shiu said.