KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong film director Oxide Pang, who is married to Malaysian actress-singer Lee Sinje, has expressed remorse after he was caught openly kissing a model in Hong Kong.
Major Chinese dailies reported that four hours after the couple issued a joint statement on the matter, Pang, 48, sent out a separate note saying that he could not forgive himself for what he did to someone who had always been there for him.
"People think that I do not repent because they could not find the word (sorry) in my previous statement. How hard can it be to say or write the word?
"Just that I think the mistake I have done cannot be forgiven just by saying sorry as what I did is very wrong. I have hurt someone who has sacrificed so much for me," Pang said in the message posted on Weibo.
Pang rushed to Malaysia on Monday in a bid to seek forgiveness from his wife after pictures of a movie date between him and 26-year-old model Liddy Li in Hong Kong last Friday were splashed in a Hong Kong tabloid and on the Internet. In the pictures, the duo were seen sharing an intimate kiss, holding hands and hugging each other.
The 38-year-old Lee tied the knot with Pang - who directed her in her award-winning role in the horror film The Eye - in a private, lavish ceremony at the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort in Perak in 2010 after dating him for seven years.
Since then, she has spent most of her time in Malaysia, where Pang's daughter from his previous marriage currently lives.
Lee's family is known to embrace the child and take care of her.
On Wednesday, the couple said they would continue to work on their relationship together because they still loved each other, according to Chinese newspapers.
"Yes, it is very sad. We feel sad because there is still love. It may be easier for us to handle the issue if there is no love.
"Like other couples, we face obstacles in our marriage," they said in a statement posted on their official Weibo accounts at about 5.30pm that day.
"We will go through the challenging time together. The future is unknown. But we will listen to our hearts as we move on. Only time will tell us the answer," they declared.
Lee's youngest brother, who was approached by reporters in their hometown Alor Setar, said the family would leave it to the couple to resolve their problems.
"We hope the media can give them some privacy," he said, adding that his parents flew to Kuala Lumpur on Monday to keep Lee company.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong artiste Charlie Yeung, one of Lee's best friends, along with Valen Hsu and Gigi Leung have appealed for space for the duo to work out their issues during this difficult period.
Lee's best friends Charlie Yeung, Gigi Leung and Valen Hsu were said to be worried about Lee after hearing the news but they did not know how to console her.
"We are not in a position to comment on their relationship," she was quoted as saying in China Press.
It was learnt that Lee was with Yeung celebrating the latter's birthday (she turned 40 last Friday) in Singapore when Pang's affair came to light.
Last November, Lee and Pang had been among a group of celebrity friends who showed up for Yeung's glittering wedding to Singaporean lawyer Khoo Shao Tze in the city-state.