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Thursday, May 19, 2016, 17:42

Elderly residents cherish Zhang's visit

By chinadailyasia.com

 Elderly residents cherish Zhang's visit
Zhang Dejiang (2nd left) chats with some elderly people participating in a tea art activity during his visit to the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex in Tseung Kwan O on May 19, 2016. With him is Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (3rd left). (Provided to China Daily)
HONG KONG - Despite the tight schedules during his just-ended three-day inspection trip to the HKSAR, top legislator Zhang Dejiang brought warmth to the community by showing his concern and care for the city’s elderly.

Shortly before boarding his flight back to Beijing, the State leader visited the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex on Thursday morning, and spent half an hour talking to the inmates and watching them play chess. He also sat down with them and sipped Chinese tea tieguanyin.

After being briefed by Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung on Hong Kong’s aging problem and social welfare policies, Zhang said aging is a global problem that needs to be tackled through joint efforts by the government and the community. He also called for closer cooperation between Hong Kong and the mainland to deal with problems arising from aging and retirement, and the government should take the lead in shouldering these responsibilities.

Before leaving, Zhang presented a treadmill and a massage chair to the center as gifts.

Both inmates and nearby residents were delighted to see Zhang.  

Li Yuet-chu, 73, who hails from Fujian Province, said she and about 20 other senior citizens were honored shaking hands with Zhang. “It’s like a family member from the mainland coming here to see me,” said Li.

Fung Siu-hang, 66, said Zhang also did a brief exercise together with some of the inmates at the facility. However, 88-year-old Ma Honglin, who went to the center for lunch, said he missed the chance to see the State leader in person. “Although my lunch was delayed by an hour, it’s still worthwhile as Zhang’s visit shows the central government’s care and concern for us.”  

Another resident living nearby, Wong Yin-wan, 57, said although she also missed the opportunity to meet Zhang, she loves the country and hopes that China will become more powerful.

 
 
 
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