The city’s embattled government turned an annual honours and awards presentation ceremony into a closed-door event on Saturday, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor awarding a total of 399 people in her home, Government House.
Citing “the latest community sentiment”, the government blocked media presence for the first time. In the past, media were allowed to cover the reception after the closed-door ceremony.
The Grand Bauhinia Medal was awarded to businessmen Yu Kwok-chun and Albert Hung Chao-hong, respectively a current and a former standing committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung staged a protest by standing up and chanting slogans when Lam presented awards to at least five police officers for distinguished service. Hui said it amounted to aggravating Hongkongers.
Former director of the Hong Kong Christian Service Suen Lai-sang, who was awarded a Medal of Honour, earlier told media he had decided to boycotted the meeting under the ongoing crisis.
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