Over 740 people awarded in this year’s Honours List

Seven people were awarded on Thursday the Grand Bauhinia Medal – the top prize in the government’s Honours List this year.

The highest award went to Chief Justice Andrew Cheung, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, Executive Councillors Regina Ip and Chow Chung-kong, the chairman of the Kowloon Federation of Associations, Bunny Chan, as well as pro-Beijing businessmen Jonathan Choi and Lo Man-tuen.

Eighteen people were awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star, including a number of judges, senior civil servants and pro-establishment politicians.

Pro-Beijing legal scholar Albert Chen and former Director of Public Prosecutions Grenville Cross were also among the recipients.

Meanwhile, eight police officers were awarded the Medals for Bravery. The government said six of them were seriously injured during the anti-government protests in 2019 and 2020, while two of them defused bombs during the protests.

In all, 746 awards were given out this year, the highest number ever.

A total of 500 people were awarded the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service and Public Service, with the government saying many of them were recognised for their involvement in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year.

An award presentation ceremony will be held at Government House in November.