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Philanthropy

Hong Kong philanthropist Tin Ka-ping was a man of true humility

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 1:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 1:02am

I lived in Hong Kong in the mid-90s. A place I love, though of course not every aspect, as we all know the complexities of Hong Kong life. I have visited many times through the years since. Reading the obituary about Tin Ka-ping, who died last month aged 99, actually moved me to write a short note (“Hong Kong mourns Tin Ka-ping, ‘a great educator’ and philanthropist”, July 11).

I was impressed with Tin’s philanthropy and his generous spirit, especially his efforts to promote education. We see few like him today in the greedy materialistic world we live in.

Here’s a quote from his obituary (from Tin’s speech during his baptism at age 94) that impressed me: “Frankly speaking, I’ve been acting out of my conscience all my life. I can say without blushing that I am a good person … But, a good person in people’s eyes also has emotions and desires and will also make mistakes. So, a good person in people’s eyes is still a sinner in God’s eyes.”

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His sentiments reflect what Paul said in Romans 2:15: “ … they are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them, and between their own thoughts they are being accused or even excused”. For a man well into his 90s to become a Christian is an indication of true humility.

Nicholas Arcuri, Florida