LIKE MOST OF US, Canto-pop singer Juno Mak Chun-lung is likely to be celebrating Father's Day with his family on Sunday. After all, the 19-year-old has much to thank his dad for. If the local media and music critics are anything to go by, the 'young upstart' owes his showbiz career to his tycoon father Clement Mak Siu-tong - head of a local telecommunications company. Mak senior reportedly helped launch his son's singing career last year by paying for much of the promotional and publicity materials and even - according to gossip columns - his 'fans'. Which leads us to wonder: Where would Juno Mak be today if it wasn't for his father? When Young Post asked Mak in this interview about reports regarding his father's 'big help', his assistant abruptly interrupted and asked whether our photographer was in a hurry. (He wasn't.) Then Mak, who came across as polite and friendly, explained: 'Perhaps my family members have given me a lot of emotional support and they will continue to do so as long as [this] is my dream. They have been standing by me through thick and thin.' He insists that, contrary to media reports, he has not received any financial support from his father. His relationship with his father is based on love - not money. Mak went on to cite an incident to prove his point: 'I had a food allergy when I was young. But before my family found out [I was allergic to] eggs, they were already cooking all my food in water without salt [to be safe]. '[The food] was so bland, but my father ate it together with me for almost a year.' So what is he going to get his father on Sunday? Despite his hectic work schedule, Mak said he would try to squeeze in a few hours for a meal with his dad. 'I'm going to give [my dad] a special gift this year,' said Mak, who has already given his father a set of comics which has a main character that he thinks looks like his dad - a robot with a bushy moustache. He is going to give two action figures to his dad on Sunday. Indeed, these are the sort of presents his father got him when he was a child. Mak said fondly: 'They remind us of the time we spent together.'