Date
19 December 2018
Police officers attend a funeral for dead colleague Lum Hoi-wan, who was killed in the line of duty last month while he was dealing with a traffic accident in Hung Hom. Photo: RTHK
Police officers attend a funeral for dead colleague Lum Hoi-wan, who was killed in the line of duty last month while he was dealing with a traffic accident in Hung Hom. Photo: RTHK

Policeman killed on duty accorded funeral with full honors

A senior constable who was fatally knocked down by a truck last month while on duty was given an official police funeral on Monday, with top officials attending the event to pay their respects.

Lum Hoi-wan was accorded a funeral with full honors at a ceremony that was attended by top police officers and government officials including Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

Lum was killed last month in the line of duty after being hit by a truck on the East Kowloon Corridor near Wo Chung Street in Hung Hom.

The policeman was handling a traffic accident in the area when the tragedy took place.

On Monday, a ceremony was held at the Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom before Lum was laid to rest. 

Dozens of officers, including Police Commissioner Lo Wai-chung, attended the event, along with a slew of government officials.

Apart from Chief Executive Lam and three principal secretaries, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu also attended the funeral, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po caused some disquiet as he arrived at the funeral parlor in his personal official vehicle, a red sedan.

In Chinese culture, the color red is considered disrespectful at funerals as it is seen as a traditionally symbolic color of good fortune and happiness.

Chan faced criticism over his faux pas, and later tendered an apology, suggesting that it was an unintentional mistake.

The financial secretary’s office insisted that Chan had absolutely no intention of disrespecting the dead policeman and his family.

The office noted that the red sedan in question had been selected by Chan’s predecessor John Tsang Chun-wah in late 2016.

Chan did not change the car once he took the job, and kept using it without changing its color, it said.

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