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Guyana-born Hilton Cheong-Leen- known as the ‘Mayor of Hong Kong’; dies aged 99

  • Cheong-Leen had been involved in the city’s civic affairs for decades, starting in 1957
  • ‘We will have incredible memories of his ability to help so many people in his lifetime. A truly magnificent leader and a great, heroic dad to us,’ his daughter says
By: Gary Cheung – scmp.com – Published: 4 Jan, 2022
Lawmaker Hilton Cheong-Leen speaks at the Legislative Council in 1979. Photo: SCMP
Lawmaker Hilton Cheong-Leen speaks at the Legislative Council in 1979. Photo: SCMP
 
Hilton Cheong-Leen, a former Urban Council chairman and lawmaker known as “Hong Kong’s mayor”, has died at the age of 99. 

Hilton Cheong-Leen, who was 100 at the time of his death in the Chinese tradition of counting age, was born in Georgetown, British Guiana in 1922, the son of a Chinese immigrant father and a third-generation Chinese mother. The family left for Hong Kong when Cheong-Leen was nine.            Continue reading

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