Ailing Tung forced to return home

Top News | Charlotte Luo 2 Oct 2019

Hong Kong's first chief executive Tung Chee-hwa missed the parade after returning home for treatment of "an acute urological problem."

Tung, 82, was admitted to hospital but later discharged after treatment, a spokesman said.

The vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference received a state honor on Sunday for his contributions to the smooth transition of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty, and the practice of one country, two systems principle and the Basic Law. He was the only Hongkonger to receive a recognition.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor led a delegation of 240 people to Beijing to join the National Day celebrations.

The city was represented by two floats in the parade. One with a theme of one country, two systems, came with two giant golden flowers to represent Hong Kong and the other Macau. The Basic Law books were displayed between the flowers.

Artist Wong Cho-lam, cyclist Wong Kam-po, and Hong Kong College of Technology president Chan Cheuk-hay were carried on the float.

Hong Kong's own float passed during the part of the parade that showed Jiang Zemin's leadership. The float looked like a ship, with three layers of blue paint. The Chinese characters "Hong Kong" is displayed in red.

Lam was seated on the rostrum on Tiananmen Square next to Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on watching the parade.

State media CCTV gave a close-up shot of Hong Kong policeman Lau Chak-kei waving a national flag among the audience at Tiananmen Square. Lau is seen as a hero in mainland after some photos of him pointing a shotgun at protesters on the night of July 30 circulated on the internet.

charlotte.luo@singtaonewscorp.com

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