Injured student has new outlook

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 1995, 12:00am

STUDENT Leung Ching-sze, shot in the Peninsula Hotel robbery last week, says the attack has changed her attitude to life.

Ms Leung, 20 today, said from her Queen Elizabeth Hospital bed: 'I think people should lead a happier life and be more optimistic, because death is so unpredictable.

'I escaped this time, but that doesn't mean I will be lucky next time, so why not be happier?' she said.

Ms Leung was shot in the arm at the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station as she shopped with a classmate from the St Rose of Lima's School, Kowloon City.

The bullet was fired from a gun dropped by one of a gang who had raided the Dickson watch company in the Peninsula Hotel.

Police arrested a suspect in a Sha Tin flat late on Tuesday night and seized three pistols. The man, 34, is expected to appear in South Kowloon Court today charged with robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

Ms Leung can move her fingers, but her left thumb is numb and cannot move. No operation has been carried out because her left arm is swollen.

'I feel no pain and I have to wait for treatment. I feel very, very lucky . . . I think it was God's power,' said Ms Leung, a devout Catholic.

She said her birthday wish was 'to recover as soon as possible and to enter university'.

She wants to be a journalist, 'maybe a sports reporter', because she is a big fan of soccer, particularly Italian star Roberto Baggio.