Over 650 awardees in this year's Honors List, the highest number everLocal | 1 Oct 2020 12:44 pm
This year's government's Honours List awarded 687 people, which is the highest number ever and almost 300 more than last year.
The Hong Kong government said that they are handing out an exceptionally large number of awards, to give recognition to individuals who have been handling social movements and combating the COVID-19.
The police force had 94 award recipients, making up around 14 percent of the honors given on this year's Honour List. Around a dozen police officers are getting bravery medals for their acts of courage regarding what the government describes as “ferocious assaults” by “rioters”.
Former police commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, who retired last November at the height of the anti-extradition bill movement, was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star for his "loyal and distinguished service to the government and the Hong Kong community".
Lo is among a list of serving and former officials who have been sanctioned by the US for undermining Hong Kong's freedoms and a high degree of autonomy
More than 50 are being rewarded with the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Public Service, including senior expatriate officers Rupert Dover and David Jordan.
The government said that they have made "outstanding contributions in relation to the handling of social incidents". However, the pair have been accused of brutality, with activists in the UK attempting to bring a prosecution against them.
Other police officers receiving Chief Executive’s Commendation for Public Service included Chief Superintendent John Tse Chun-chung, senior superintendent Wong Wai-shun, and superintendent Ko Chun-pong.
Four recipients were awarded the top prize – Grand Bauhinia Medal – including President of Legislative Council Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, Executive Council convener Bernard Charnwut Chan.
The government praised Leung for his "devotion to serving the community and exemplary contribution to effective governance" when managing proceedings in the LegCo.
The other awardees were veteran community leader and former Sham Shui Po District Council chairman Mr. Chan Tung and the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Mr. Hui Wing-mau.
Among award recipients also were various doctors for their work against Covid-19, Hong Kong Exchanges CEO Charles Li, President of the Law Society Melissa Pang, and three customs officers who died at sea during an anti-smuggling operation in January.
The government had postponed the announcement of this year's Honours List from July 1 given the pandemic. It says it is planning to hold the award-giving ceremony at Government House within this year.