Heroes, media chiefs, ethnic minority leaders honoured for service
A Hong Kong volunteer who died while saving others in the Qinghai earthquake and a firefighter who died while fighting a factory blaze in March were both awarded the Medal for Bravery (Gold) posthumously.
Wong Fuk-wing, 46, a volunteer at an orphanage in Yushu , Qinghai, was killed while trying to save victims trapped in the rubble of the orphanage during the earthquake on April 14.
His selfless acts were hailed by members of the public in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Ministers in Hong Kong lauded Wong's heroism and expressed condolences to his family.
Senior fireman Yeung Chun-kit, 47, died on March 8 while battling a fire at the Lai Cheong Factory Building in Cheung Sha Wan.
Yeung risked his life in searching for his partner, fireman Ng Wai-lam, in the flames instead of retreating from danger. 'Yeung has shown exceptional courage and gallantry of the highest order, and has demonstrated the noblest qualities of a public servant,' the Protocol Division said.
Two media leaders were awarded honours this year in recognition of their contribution to the media industry. Phoenix TV chairman Liu Changle, who is also a shareholder of ATV, was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star. Chan King-cheung, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star for his valuable contribution to the media industry and training of up-and-coming journalists.
Members of ethnic minorities were honoured for their participation in community services. Buddhi Bahadur Thapa, chairman of the Hong Kong Integrated Nepalese Society, was awarded a Medal of Honour, and barrister and anti-racism advocate Vandana Rajwani was awarded a Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service.