Anson Chan

Award night

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2002, 12:00am

Anson Chan Fang On-sang, the first Chinese chief secretary, last night became the first Commonwealth public servant to be named honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth.

She was presented with the insignia and warrant of the order by British Consul-General Sir James Hodge at his residence, watched by her husband, Archie Chan Tai-wing, her 88-year-old mother, family, friends and dignitaries, including former chief secretary Sir David Ford. A statement by last governor Chris Patten congratulated her on her 'high professionalism and fierce integrity; bravely standing up for what she believes is right and what she believes is in Hong Kong's best interest'.

'Anson was a loyal and honest friend, not always telling me what I wanted to hear but what I should hear.'