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Money, not love, matters to dads

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 June, 2005, 12:00am

Most Hong Kong fathers think feeding and housing their children is more important than making sure they get enough hugs and kisses, according to surveys released to mark Father's Day.


More than two-thirds of fathers in one survey said they do not believe the most important thing is to love your children.


Forty-five per cent of 700 local fathers polled by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said financial security is more important than loving children. Nearly one in five said they raised children to 'make their own lives more interesting'.


Among the usual crop of local surveys to mark Father's Day today, another found that local parents do not spend enough time with their children.


More than half of the 422 fathers in a study by the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood said they spent less than 15 minutes a day talking to their children.


Among celebrities, canto-pop star Jacky Cheung Hok-yau topped a list of ideal fathers named by 230 children responding to the same survey. He gained 23.5 per cent of the vote. This was followed by comedian Eric Tsang Chi-wai, action superstar Jackie Chan and tycoon Li Ka-shing.


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