Quality tops for Sing Tao chief

Top News | Carine Chow 16 Nov 2021

The Leader of the Year Awards organized by Sing Tao News Corp was presented to five outstanding winners in a ceremony officiated by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor last night.

Sing Tao chairman Kwok Ying-shing said the awards, which marked their 27th anniversary this year, came amid a testing time posed by social unrest, deteriorating economy and the Covid-19 pandemic.

He congratulated the five winners for being excellent role models of dedication, adaptability and perseverance.

"I would like to give a special thanks to the leaders, for their courage, perseverance and creativity, and that they have outstanding performances in different sectors," he said.

He thanked the award's sponsor,

K Wah International Holdings, and the panel of judges.

Kwok said he looked forward to fostering a spirit of cooperation and persevering with the provision of quality news for the people of Hong Kong.

He vowed to serve society and Chinese worldwide and drive the development of new media with the help of smart technologies.

The presentation ceremony, cohosted by The Standard, Sing Tao Daily and Headline Daily was held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong last night.

Lam, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, as well as former chief secretary for administration and chairman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Henry Tang Ying-yen were among the guests.

In congratulating the winners, Lam said one must dare to innovate and put creative ideas into action to become a leader, likening them to the key to her success with her proposal for the Northern Metropolis in her policy address last month.

"They have achieved outstanding achievements in their field, and have made huge contributions to Hong Kong," she said of all the winners.

She said it was her fifth time in attendance at the event but only the first time she gave a speech, adding "a new broom sweeps cleanly."

"The second reason [that I can speak here] might be because my term is about to end so people want to listen to my farewell speech," she said in a moment of levity.

Lam called for outstanding leaders from all sectors to join the public service when a new government tenure begins in July.

Paul Cheung Kwok-wing, founder and chairman of Kingboard Holdings, triumphed in the Commerce & Industry/Finance category.

He said the award meant a lot to him. "This event held by Sing Tao is very meaningful as it serves as a recognition to different industries and sectors. I am very happy [to see that], particularly to the industrial sector."

Suicide Prevention Services was named the winner in the Community/Public Affairs/Environment & Conservation category.

The organization's treasurer, Patric Lee Sheung-fu, said the award motivated them to work harder in helping and provide more services as the center is now receiving 10,000 phone calls for help a month.

Tony Mok Shu-kam, Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation professor of clinical oncology and chairman of clinical oncology at Chinese University, won in the Education/Professions/Technology & Innovation category.

He said the young should broaden horizons. "I think they should not be tunnel visioned in the field they're working in. They must view their field from an internal perspective and know what is happening around the world."

The winner in Sports/Culture/Performing Arts is national erhu master Wang Guotong.

Wang said the award is a recognition of his work in Chinese music in the past 60 plus years, adding that he would like to do more work for Chinese music research and teaching in the coming 10 years.

"The fact that I can do so much work that is recognized by society is because of my wife and son's support," he added.

Jordan Cheng Man-fai, founder and chief executive officer, MAD Gaze, received the Young Entrepreneur prize.

Cheng believed that entrepreneurs need to believe in their vision, even if they have received doubts or opposition.

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