Who’s who of Hong Kong’s top officials awarded Grand Bauhinia prize on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s final day
Chief secretary, financial secretary and justice secretary were among the seven top political allies of the chief executive to win
Twelve staunch supporters of outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying have been awarded Hong Kong’s top civic honour on the last day of his five-year tenure.
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung were among the seven top political allies of Leung to be granted the Grand Bauhinia Medal, according to this year’s honours list gazetted on Friday.
Cheung is chair of the honours committee, but took no part in the decision of his own award, according to the government’s Protocol Division.
Known Leung supporters from the business sector, including Hang Lung Properties’ chairman Ronnie Chan Chichung, New World Development’s chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun, Shui On Group’s chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui, Airport Authority chairman Jack So Chak-kwong and Stephen Tai Tak-fung, founder of Four Seas Group, also received the award.
“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition. I will continue to contribute in whatever way I can for the betterment and long-term development of Hong Kong,” Ronnie Chan said.
Modelled on the British system, the Hong Kong awards are designed to recognise people who have done good work for the community. However, it has repeatedly been criticised for distributing prizes to allies of the government.