Peter Wong Man-kong, a renowned entrepreneur who had been a member of the Hong Kong delegation to the National People’s Congress (NPC) since 1993, died Monday night at the age of 70.
Wong’s family was by his side when he passed away at Queen Mary Hospital, RTHK reported, citing his brother.
Wong, chairman of M K Corp., arrived in Beijing on March 2 to attend the annual session of the Chinese legislature. Soon after his arrival, however, he felt unwell and was sent to Peking Union Medical College Hospital, and missed attending the NPC session as a result, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
After diagnosis, the doctors decided that it was better for him to receive treatment in Hong Kong, and so he returned to the city on March 4 and died seven days later.
It was understood that he had been suffering from liver and gall bladder problems.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday said she was saddened by Wong’s passing. In a statement, she said Wong was “a patriotic entrepreneur who had been investing actively in the mainland since the beginning of the reform and opening up of the country, contributing to the development of the nation and promoting the development of Hong Kong’s commerce and trade in the mainland”.
Lam said Wong “was enthusiastic in serving the community, making significant contributions to such areas as education, youth development and cultural exchanges in the mainland and Hong Kong”.
Wong was the eldest son of Wong Wah-sang, founder of Chung Wah Shipbuilding & Engineering (Holdings) Co. Ltd. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971 and returned to Hong Kong the next year to help in the family business.
In 1996, he was appointed a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He had been a local deputy to the NPC since 1993, serving for six consecutive terms.
In 2003, Wong was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR government.
Wong Yuk-shan, deputy convener of the Hong Kong delegation to the NPC and president of the Open University of Hong Kong, said Peter Wong appeared weak on the plane to Beijing and the other Hong Kong deputies expressed concern about his health condition.
Even his family had tried to persuade him to cancel his trip, but Wong insisted on attending the NPC session, Wong Yuk-shan said.
Pauline Ngan Po-ling, also a Hong Kong deputy to the NPC, said Wong was born to a rich family, but he spent a lot of time and money on northwest China, where living conditions were very bad, to help lift the local people out of poverty.
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