Pansy Ho plays down dad's health concern

Top News | Phoenix Un 11 Feb 2019

Macau casino heiress Pansy Ho Chiu-king has squashed rumors about her father's health, saying it's just speculation that the 97-year-old gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun is critically ill.

Emerging at 7.15pm from the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, where her father is staying, Ho said: "Doctors said they had to do body checks for him and the rumors over the past few days all came from you reporters."

Asked whether she returned to Hong Kong from overseas to visit her father, Ho said she had always been in Hong Kong.

Earlier, one of her brothers, Orlando Ho Yau-kai, quoted his father as saying "I am fine, no worries," amid speculation that Stanley Ho is critically ill.

Reports have emerged that Stanley Ho was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Ho's wives and their children have been seen at the hospital over the past few days.

They included his daughters Daisy Ho Chiu-fung and Josie Ho Chiu-yee; his second wife, Lucina Laam King-ying; and his third wife, Ina Chan Un-chan, along with her children Laurinda Ho Chiu-lin, Orlando Ho and Florinda Ho Chiu-wan.

His fourth wife, Angela Leong On-kei, and her son Mario Ho Yau-kwan also came to see the tycoon.

Angela Ho Chiu-yin - the second daughter of Stanley Ho and his late first wife Clementina Angela Leitao - who is rarely seen in the public, showed up. While Orlando Ho said his father was conscious and able to speak, he said it was unclear when the tycoon will be allowed to leave.

Laurinda Ho told reporters that her father was in good shape as he had eaten congee and vegetables for lunch.

Stanley Ho has taken a step back from the business aspect of his life since 2009 in order to recuperate after injuring his head at home. He even celebrated his 97th birthday at the hospital.

His last public appearance was in December 2009, when he returned to Macau for the ceremony of the 10th anniversary of the SAR's handover and met the then-president Hu Jintao.Worries about Ho's health emerged after a struggle within the STDM, the mother company of SJM Holdings, which was one of the three gaming concessionaires in Macau.

Pansy Ho, daughter of Stanley Ho and Lucina Laam, formed an alliance with the Henry Fok Foundation, which was founded by the late tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung, last month and now control about 53 percent of STDM's issued shares, meaning they can choose members of the board of STDM and SJM Holdings.

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