Suen leaves hospital again vowing to 'finish the job'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 April, 2012, 12:00am


Education secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung played down his recent admissions to hospital as 'trivial matters' and vowed to stay on until the end of his term in June because he wants to 'finish the job'.

The 68-year-old was discharged from Queen Mary Hospital yesterday after having surgery this week to remove a tumour from his thyroid gland, discovered during a previous check-up.

'They were just trivial matters. I felt I had some bad luck ... but there is a [Chinese saying that] minor illness will turn out to be a blessing,' he said. 'After all, what it takes [to work] is a sound mind. That is what I have. Look at me. I am in good spirits.'

But he said he would return to the hospital for follow-up treatment in the next few weeks, including checks on his injured right arm.

Suen, the oldest cabinet minister, has been battling a string of health problems. He had hernia repair surgery this month - his second such operation since January last year.

That came five days after he returned to work after breaking his right arm in a fall at home on March 25. In December he was admitted to hospital with legionnaires' disease, and has been on kidney dialysis since October 2010.

Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung said after visiting him in hospital yesterday that Suen would be able to serve out his term in office.

'With only two months remaining in this government's term and Suen in good condition, I am confident he can finish his five-year term,' Lam said.

As education secretary, Suen has overseen a major reform of the senior secondary school curriculum and extended undergraduate university education to four years from three.

Suen said he did not think his workload would be arduous for the rest of the term. He said: 'I just have a few more things to complete. Both my wife and I know that we will have a long vacation afterwards.'