In a video conference led by Luo Huining, Director of Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, a group of tycoons and business leaders pledged to donate money and resources to help the city’s fight against the pandemic. Famous local boy band Mirror was also tapped as “anti-epidemic" ambassadors to urge the public to stay home.
As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in Hong Kong at an alarming rate, Luo Huining, director of Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong hosted a video conference on Friday to bring together the city’s tycoons for a brainstorming session of pandemic mitigation measures.
Representatives from across different sectors including business, real estate, social organisation and cultural development were invited to the meeting. John Lee, Chief Secretary for Administration was also among the speakers.
"In the fight against the pandemic, the most precious thing is confidence, the most important quality is unity, and what's needed the most is action,” Luo said in the meeting. “Hong Kong is our home, and as long as we help each other—and bravely ride through the tough times together, we can definitely win this battle against the pandemic,” he added.
During the conference, major business leaders proposed a total of 16 initiatives to support the government in combating the surging fifth wave of the pandemic. Some of the city’s biggest property developers, including Adrian Cheng of New World Development, Peter Lee of Henderson Land, and Raymond Kwok of Sun Hung Kai, had promised to offer thousands of hotel rooms as isolation facilities to accommodate patients.
Cheng also agreed to free up the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for community testing purposes, while Lee, said he’s willing to offer a two-million-square-foot site near Lam Tsuen for the government to build a makeshift hospital.
Pacific Century Group chairman Richard Li, who's also the head of the city’s largest telecom company PCCW and local television station ViuTV, was also involved in the project. Besides appointing Hong Kong famous boy band Mirror as “anti-epidemic ambassadors” and inviting them to film a promotional video to encourage the public to stay home and fight the virus, Li will also be offering 3,000 phone lines for the use of hotline of the Department of Health, as well as donating 100,000 rapid test kits and 100,000 food packages.
Meanwhile, Li Ka Shing Foundation, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's namesake charitable institution, announced on Sunday that it will make a donation of HK$30 million to support private hospitals receiving non-Covid-19 patients, in an effort to relieve strain on the healthcare system.