Date
18 November 2017
Businessman Koo Ming-kown has expressed his unhappiness over the student protests in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ
Businessman Koo Ming-kown has expressed his unhappiness over the student protests in Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

Nam Tai founder declines doctorate; rebukes Occupy protestors

Dr. Koo Ming-kown, founder of Nam Tai Electronics, on Thursday declined a doctorate degree offered to him by Hong Kong Baptist University in a gesture aimed at showing his dissatisfaction over the student Occupy protests, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Koo expressed worries over the Hong Kong education sector in a letter written to Professor Albert Chan, president and vice-chancellor of HKBU, the report said.

He criticized Occupy demonstrators for resorting to violence and affecting residents’ livelihood in the name of democracy fight.

Koo said felt a chill when Frederick Ma Si-hang, former commerce chief, was heckled when he was speaking at a graduation ceremony to accept a doctorate issued by Lingnan University.

At a time when Occupy is still underway, Koo said he wouldn’t want to accept a great honor such as the doctorate offered by the Baptist University.

Expressing anger over Occupy demonstrators’ action to block transport and occupy business streets, Koo said “no dictatorship on earth and tyrants in history had ever undertaken such tyranny of evil and betrayed democracy,” according to the report.

He showed his sympathy to the seven police officers accused of beating a protester, saying that the “seven heroes” were provoked under harsh environment.

HKBU had planned to grant the doctorate to Koo in the middle of next month after the businessman donated HK$100 million (US$12.89 million) to the university in 2004.

Nam Tai Electronics, which was founded in 1975, changed its name to Nam Tai Property earlier this year.

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