Donald Tsang

Suen to finish term despite injury

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am


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Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung left hospital yesterday nursing a fractured right arm - his latest health problem - but determined to stay in office until his term ends on June 30.

'There is no point in retiring early, because I will be retiring soon,' Suen, who turns 68 next month, said outside Queen Mary Hospital. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday after hurting his right arm in a fall at his Happy Valley home.

Suen, a public servant for 45 years, has the longest government career of the administrators in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's cabinet.

He has had a number of health problems recently.

In December he spent 12 days on sick leave after contracting legionnaires' disease soon after moving into the new government headquarters in Admiralty.

He suffers from kidney problems, and has been on dialysis since October 2010.

With his arm in a sling yesterday, Suen said the fracture would take weeks to heal.

His assistant said Suen would resume his duties tomorrow.

Undersecretary Kenneth Chan Wei-on has been acting in his place.

Suen said he broke his arm on Sunday when he was using his mobile phone as he was walking towards a washroom in his home.

But it was nothing to do with that day's dramatic events when Leung Chun-ying won the chief executive election amid public protests.

'I was holding my phone and wanted to take a look at the result of an [English Premier League] football match,' Suen explained in a hoarse voice. 'But I stumbled and fell and broke my arm.'

Suen would not comment on who would succeed him.

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, president of the Institute of Education and an Executive Council member, is being tipped to fill Suen's role in the incoming administration, which takes office on July 1.