Thank you to Same Same and Crikey who helped to push this story forward enough,so that at the very least we got an apology of some sort sort. Even if it is filled with lies and insincerity .
Cr Ho Right of Reply 28062016 – link to the PDF of the apology.
Let’s go through his lies, one by one.
Councillor Ho: Late last week a number of social media outlets started to report on comments that I had made in a private WeChat group.
The HighFun Wechat group is a public WeChat group. Highfun Media, regularly uses it akin to a Facebook page to post their streams and media releases. Anyone can join and there is no application process.
Councillor Ho: The comments were on the topic of same sex marriage. I am very disappointed that through translation from Chinese to English these comments have been misinterpreted to allege that I think that there is a connection between same sex marriage and bestiality.
I have been able to get a quote from Dr Fran Martin, from the University of Melbourne, who is a published professor in these topics, that the translations are accurate.
Councillor Ho: This is not true and I apologise for any offence that has occurred. I have no objection to same sex marriage but was repeating comments that I had heard from other sources to show that there is a variety of views in the public on this issue.I realise now that sharing these comments, even though they were not my own, was insensitive and hurtful to people from the LGBTI community and has caused offence. I offer my sincere apology to the community and to the Council. Cr Kelvin Ho
If Kelvin Ho didn’t mean what he said and was so sorry, then why did he ask the rest of the chat group to change their display name and picture to his?
Kelvin Ho (Yalichao): Haha, then everyone should change their name and picture to mine, then they won’t be able to tell which one is which. Good plan
PCC: I’ll become Yalichuan…
Lei: Hahaha, Yalibiao…your name is so funny…hahaha
Okay, I have 71 screenshots to be translated but honestly the other matter is just boring stuff, where he diverts his supporters to berate me for destroying his ‘freedom of speech’ and saying that I’m a ‘small man’ for even caring about what he says. Anyway, those are just personal attacks. I won’t translate all sexual flirting he does with women in the chat rooms.
I have already been removed from one chat room, and people have been telling me that he is furthering the hate of refugees/other immigrants/LGBTI people still in those other chat rooms. If I was to release all the screenshots, then you’d have a pretty poor view of this section of the Chinese community, where most of the people agree with his discriminating comments towards refugees and the LGBTI community.