Granted an interview on TVB program Scoop <東張西望> after his release from jail following a DUI conviction, a teary-eyed Mat Yeung (楊明) recounts his short 17-day stint in prison!
Reads from a Paper Script
Twice bowing while interviewed, the 41-year-old said, “My time (inside) was very disciplined, I lost my freedom there, and thought over many things and reflected on a lot of what I did, and also hope that my release today will be a fresh start,”
Asked about reports that he had requested protection for fear that he might be harmed in prison which was why he was transferred to Stanley Prison midway to serve out the remaining sentence, Mat did not provide more details but only replied that he does not wish to disappoint the company (referring to TVB) or waste the opportunities that has been given to him all this while.
Mat: Guilt Was the Worst Torment in Prison
With the camera directly focused on Mat throughout the interview, he continued and said that he has let down his family and those who had continuously supported him and gave him chances. Describing the first few days of the sentence as the worst, he admitted to screaming several times. “This sense of guilt is the worst torment inside, there’s no one to talk to you and only the four walls, nothing to express your emotions…”. Mat added that the correctional officers and doctors had been a great source of encouragement and positive strength and cautions against wrongdoings, as “it is tough to pass time in (there)”.
Claiming that he has learnt his lesson, he expressed that he was most guilty about having caused his parents worry as the latter had even encouraged him instead. As both his parents tested positive for COVID-19 and were currently at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Center, Mat will only visit them some time later. He added that he would also want to “get a bowl of noodles” as the dish was unavailable in prison.
Watch Mat’s Apology:
Two Things He Wants to Do On Leaving Jail: