Ancestral home knocked down to 1.5m yuan

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 April, 2009, 12:00am


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Actor Ray Lui Leung-wai (right) is nothing if not a patriot.

As soon as he was told his ancestor's house in the city of Dongxing, Guangxi, had to make way for a project to expand a border checkpoint to Vietnam, he signed on.

His uncle and cousin still live in the house, but the actor, who was born and grew up in Vietnam, never lived in it. Apparently his enthusiasm for helping the nation doesn't really affect his own home.

According to a China News Service report, Lui was perfectly happy to perform his patriotic duty, as were other families in the area who were affected by the planned expansion.

It said Lui was especially grateful that the city's government would pay 1.5 million yuan (HK$1.7 million) in compensation for pulling down the house.

We suppose that would considerably lessen the pain over the loss of one's ancestral home.