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Saturday, November 09, 2019, 21:33
Govt regrets disruptions at Honours and Awards Ceremony
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Saturday, November 09, 2019, 21:33 By chinadailyhk.com

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presents the Grand Bauhinia Medal to Yu Kwok-chun at the 2019 Honours and Awards Presentation Ceremony at Government House, Nov 9, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – A Hong Kong government spokesperson has expressed regret over disruptions at the 2019 Honours and Awards Presentation Ceremony held on Saturday.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presented honors and awards to 329 recipients at the ceremony at Government House, during which Legislative Council member Hui Chi-fung yelled and interrupted the proceedings of the ceremony, according to the spokesperson.

The spokesman said that the annual presentation ceremony was a very solemn event to recognize the contributions of individuals from various sectors to the Hong Kong community and that it is not an occasion for protests.

The spokesman emphasized that the police were given honors and awards in recognition of their significant contributions to Hong Kong and for their dedicated service to the community.

In the past few months, the police have been sparing no efforts in stopping violence and curbing disorders. The government expressed deep regret over Hui's deliberate distortion of the objective of the ceremony and unfounded accusations of the police. 

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor presents the Grand Bauhinia Medal to Albert Hung Chao-hong at the 2019 Honours and Awards Presentation Ceremony at Government House, Nov 9, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

Among the 329 recipients, businessmen Yu Kwok-chun and Hung Chao-hong have received the Grand Bauhinia Medal. 

The HKSAR government said Yu has devoted himself to promoting youth development and supporting youth education. He has also taken up important positions in various government advisory bodies and rendered insightful advice, particularly in furthering the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in Hong Kong.

A government's spokesman has expressed deep regret over the disruptive acts of a Legislative Council member during the ceremony

Meanwhile, Hung has made significant contribution to the promotion and development of sports and culture in Hong Kong. Hung holds leading position in major local sports organizations and has made dedicated effort to the promotion of major sports events in Hong Kong.

Eight recipients received the Gold Bauhinia Star, 17 the Silver Bauhinia Star, three Medal for Bravery (Silver), 10 the Distinguished Service Medal for the disciplined services and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), 36 the Bronze Bauhinia Star, and seven the Medal for Bravery (Bronze). 

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In addition, 43 recipients received the Meritorious Service Medal for the disciplined services and the ICAC, 85 the Medal of Honour, 81 the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service and 37 the Chief Executive's Commendation for Government /Public Service.

Click here for the 2019 Honours List.

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