Stanley Ho

Needed: a nod to the elderly

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 July, 2004, 12:00am


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The 82-year-old tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun was forced to sit still on stage for almost two hours at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts as he was awarded, along with four others, an Honorary Fellowship at its 18th graduation ceremony on Friday.

Dressed in a purple satin graduation cap and gown, the poor guy appeared to be nodding off as the MC, Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping, slowly read the names of all 161 graduates as they came up on stage. At one point, he almost dropped the programme schedule and diploma to the floor. Nearing the 90-minute mark, Ho wiggled uncomfortably in his seat and stretched his back in a cat pose.

When the ceremony was over, CitySeen asked if he had any comments upon receiving this prestigious award, to which he replied: 'I cannot comment. I was in Causeway Bay prior to this and now I'm not feeling very well.' Organisers of such ceremonies should consider the well-being of the elderly, who suffer from staying in one position for too long.