Judge Yeoh Eng-kiong on entire career, Honours Committee member urges A member of the government's Honours Committee yesterday defended the expected naming to the July 1 list of Yeoh Eng-kiong, who resigned as health minister over the Sars outbreak. Lingnan University president Edward Chen Kwan-yiu said: 'I guess when an award is given to someone, one should not look at a partial view. It should be looked at [in terms of] one's contribution throughout one's career, rather than one incident. 'One would not be given an award because of one event or one action. Similarly, one would not be prevented from receiving an award because of one incident or one action.' Dr Yeoh resigned as the secretary for health, welfare and food on July 7 last year, three days after a Legislative Council report put the blame on him for the mishandling the 2003 Sars outbreak that killed 299 people out of 1,755 who became sick. 'The honours list is to be published on July 1 so we won't comment on any speculative reports,' a government spokeswoman said. Wilson Yip Hing-kwok, chairman of the owners' committee at Amoy Gardens - where 42 residents died of Sars - said the government was handing out honours indiscriminately. 'I personally feel that a lot of people will not agree with Dr Yeoh getting an award because of Sars,' Mr Yip said. Patients' Rights Association spokesman Tim Pang Hung-cheong said the award for Dr Yeoh might elicit another round of negative feelings among recovered Sars patients and families who lost loved ones. 'It might not be appropriate at this time to give him an award,' Mr Pang said. Legislator for the medical sector Kwok Ka-ki said Dr Yeoh had been a controversial figure, particularly in the past two years. 'The management of the Sars saga demonstrated his inability to deliver good governance of the health sector,' Dr Kwok said. 'If we are going to give him an award, how do we account for this to the relatives of the dead?' However, Leong Che-hung, who resigned as Hospital Authority chairman over the Sars crisis, said Dr Yeoh deserved the award because he had done so much for Hong Kong. 'Whatever happened with Sars, I do not think one person [is to blame]. I personally believe he did a lot during the Sars crisis,' he said. Choi Kin, president of the Hong Kong Medical Association, said the former director of health Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun deserved an award. 'She did not do very much wrong during Sars. She did a very good job as director of health,' Dr Choi said. He declined to comment on the appropriateness of an award for Dr Yeoh.