Buddhist leader Sik Kok Kwong died Sunday in Hong Kong. He was 95.
Sik, who was part of a committee that drafted Hong Kong’s Basic Law, the post-colonial mini constitution, died of pneumonia at the Hong Kong Sanatorium.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing praised Sik for his efforts to promote Buddhism, arts and culture.
Sik was an adviser on Hong Kong affairs and a member of a committee that worked on the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
He became a Buddhist at the age of nine and left Shanghai for Hong Kong in 1945.
Sik founded the Hong Kong Buddhist Association in the same year and became its president in 1967, a post he held for 47 years.
In that time, he pushed for the recognition of Buddha’s birthday as a public holiday, which became a reality in 1999.
Sik was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal, Hong Kong’s highest honor, in 2013.
The Hong Kong Buddhist Association said it will nominate a new president.
The association operates a Buddhist hospital, a cemetery, a recreational camp and youth center, an elderly home, four elderly services centers, a Buddhist academy and publishing house, 13 secondary schools, seven primary schools, six kindergartens and one child care center.
– Contact us at [email protected]