Casino mogul mocks Allen Lee's decision to quit show

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 May, 2004, 12:00am

Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun yesterday took time out to mock radio talk-show host Allen Lee Peng-fei's decision to quit one programme after a phone call at home from a person who made references to his wife and daughter.

Mr Ho, who has accumulated four wives and more than a dozen children during his lifetime, did not see what the big deal was.

'What's so special about being told that his wife was virtuous and his daughter was beautiful? My wife is also virtuous and my daughter is also beautiful,' he said after a Chinese Civil Servants' Association reception.

Mr Ho did not clarify which of his wives or daughters he was referring to.

'Many people ask about me. They do so because they respect you. I don't understand [why] there is an element of threat ... I personally feel there is no big deal.'

Mr Lee said at Thursday's Legislative Council home affairs panel meeting that the caller told him that his wife was very virtuous and his daughter was very beautiful, and that had left a deep impression. He said the call was behind his decision to quit Commercial Radio show Teacup in a Storm, formerly hosted by Albert Cheng King-hon, who also resigned citing threats.

Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai also cautioned Hongkongers against being overly sensitive to those who showed concern for them. He made no direct reference to the radio programme host.

'You don't necessarily need to worry when someone shows concern for you. If some people adore or idolise you, let them,' he said at a Fight Crime Committee meeting.