A Hong Kong religious leader is not backing down on his statement that rich people like Li Ka-shing are like the devil.
Father Thomas Law Kwok-fai said this during the Halloween weekend in a media interview and yesterday continued to stand by what he said despite the threat of a libel suit. He said it was the prayers of poor people, rather than rich men, that would be accepted by God.
"I have nothing to say about the incident," Law said last night. "But I only hope there will be more angels in Hong Kong. God hears the prayers of the poor people, but in our city the general public has no voice while the rich people do."
Law was criticizing property developers for unscrupulous sales tactics and unfair construction to maximize their profits at the expense of buyers.
While Law is probably saying what most ordinary Hong Kong people think, one would have to believe that someone up there is listening more to the rich than the poor since the former seem to get what they want most of the time, their bank accounts as proof.
Nevertheless, one of Li's subordinates, Gerald Ma, a Catholic, tried to defend his boss.
"Similar to the Catholic Church, Mr Li is passionate in his support for social and charity work," Ma wrote. "I do not understand why he should go through such unfair humiliation."
He added: "Although it is regretful that the Church has good and bad people, God still loves human beings."
However Law would not be undeterred.
Quoting from the Bible, Law said those who neglected the underprivileged "will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life".
Li is not known to be religious so perhaps he finds Law's comments amusing. Or perhaps we will see horns sprouting from his head?
Time will tell.