A lawyer for Paris-headquartered bank BNP Paribas has left the company following comments he posted on social media in support of Hong Kong protestors.
Jason Y. Ng, a lawyer and Hong Kong-based writer, is alleged to have posted on Facebook a comment comparing pro-Beijing protestors to "monkeys." The post was subsequently deleted.
The post read: "Very soon, flag waving communist party loyalists will be forming human chains across the city and launching their own China Way campaign . . . Monkey see, monkey do."
In a statement on BNP Paribas's Chinese and global websites, the French bank apologised for "the offence caused by a social media post that was expressed on one of [its] employees' personal accounts", and added that "the views expressed in the post do not reflect the views of BNP Paribas."
According to the FT Ng, who was in charge of legal affairs in the bank's debt capital markets department, left the international banking firm earlier in September.
In an interview with CNBC this week, the chairman of BNP Paribas, Jean Lemierre, condemned Ng's comments. Lemierre said: "Inappropriate words were not compatible with the standards of the bank. This is not the way bankers should behave."
It is unclear if Ng was fired or if he chose to quit.