Date
26 July 2017
A day before his death, Stanley Lau (R) saw a wig hurled at him by labor activist Tam Leung-ying (left, in grey T-shirt) during a hearing on issues related to standard working hours. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK
A day before his death, Stanley Lau (R) saw a wig hurled at him by labor activist Tam Leung-ying (left, in grey T-shirt) during a hearing on issues related to standard working hours. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

Businessman Stanley Lau dies of heart attack at age 66

Stanley Lau Chin-ho (劉展灝), one of Hong Kong’s prominent businessmen, died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack at the age of 66.

Lau, an employer representative on the Labour Advisory Board, attended a public consultation of the Standard Working Hours Committee on Saturday after returning from a business trip to Japan.

In the evening, he went to the residence of Eddy Li, the president of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, for dinner.

Later, he complained of chest pain and was taken to the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. He was sent home but was asked to come again on Monday for another check-up.

However, he passed away during sleep in the early hours of Sunday.

The businessman’s family expressed shock and sadness at the sudden death.

Lau’s elder son, Gary Lau, said his father was in good health and that he had been exercising regularly, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

Following the patriarch’s death, Gary said that he and his bother will now jointly take care of the family business.

Lau, who proposed “contractual working hours” last year, has faced strong criticism and protests from labor representatives.

In a protest on Saturday, Tam Leung-ying of the Neighbourhood and Workers Services Centre threw a wig at Lau and mocked him for suggesting a fake standard working hours proposal, according to RTHK. The wig missed Lau.

The public consultation ended earlier than scheduled.

Tam said he was shocked by Lau’s death but he said his protest was not personal at all.

Leung Chau-ting, an employee representative on Labour Advisory Board, said that although he had some differences with Lau, he will readily admit that Lau had a deep understanding of labor issues.

Irons Sze Wing-wai, a permanent honorary president of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong and an employer representative on the Labour Advisory Board, said Saturday’s protest was not good, even though he acknowledged that the incident can’t be linked to Lau’s heart attack. 

Lau, who made his fortune in the watch manufacturing business, was an honorary president of the Federation of Hong Kong and Industries (FHKI) and was also chairman of the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

FHKI chairman Daniel Cheng Man-chung praised Lau, saying the businessman had contributed a lot to the industry federation as well as the Hong Kong economy.

Lau was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star two years ago.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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