Macau ‘s Economy and Finance Minister, Lei Wai Nong; and the city’s first chief executive, Edmund Ho Hau Wah, are due to accompany the coffin of former Macau gaming industry monopolist, Stanley Ho Hung Sun, at a public funeral procession in Hong Kong on Friday (10 July).
Funeral rituals for the entrepreneur who died at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital on May 26 are conducted over three days and began on Wednesday.
From 1962 to 2002 Mr Stanley Ho’s Macau monopoly, began under the Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macao SA – also known as STDM. The company he founded, SJM Holdings Ltd, is one of three major casino operators operating in Macau led by his offspring.
Other notables expected to accompany the coffin on Friday include: Tung Chee-hwa, former chief executive of Hong Kong; Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, current chief executive of Hong Kong; and Tan Tieniu, deputy director of the Central People’s Government Liaison Office in the Special Administrative Area.
Those in the procession are: a Hong Kong businessman, David Li Kwok-po; a Hong Kong property tycoon, Gordon Wu Ying-sheung; and a former Chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, according to a statement released on behalf of the funeral organisers.
Ambrose So Shu Fai, vice-chairman and chief executive of SJM Holdings, will also attend the ceremonies on Friday.
One of Mr Stanley Ho’s daughters, Pansy Ho Chiu King, Macau operator’s managing director, MGM China Holdings Ltd, will convey a condolence message from top Chinese officials. One of the sons of the late businessman, Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, the president and chief executive of another Macau licensee, Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, will be thanking mourners on behalf of the company.
A number of renowned business people, including SJM Holdings’ Mr So and members of the Lui family, which owns SJM Holdings’ rival casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd, attended a public memorial service for Mr Ho held on Thursday. Allan Zeman, chairman of Wynn Macau Ltd, and Linda Chen, vice-president, sent roses.
However, several departments of government at the national level in China, as well as the governments in Hong Kong and Macau, published eulogies for Mr Ho.