Transport tycoon passes away

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2001, 12:00am

Updated at 6.45pm:
China Motor Bus Company chairman and founder, Ngan Shing-kwan, has died, the company announced on Wednesday.

Mr Ngan, who starting in 1933 created a business empire that now spans property and banking as well as transport, died on Saturday, the statement read.

A devout Christian, Mr Ngan was active in public life, holding positions with both the Court of University of Hong Kong and on the Board of Governors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He served as vice-patron of the Hong Kong Red Cross, but it was in politics that he most distinguished himself; as an urban councillor, on Legco and as a member of the Executive Council.

He was made a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the CBE.

Since losing its exclusive Hong Kong Island bus service franchise in 1998, the company His China Motor Bus Company has seen hard times.

Mr Ngan, who was well into his nineties, is survived by two sons and a daughter.

A funeral service will take place on Friday 27, April, at the Union Church in Kennedy Road, followed by a burial at the Chinese Christian Cemetery, Pokfulam.