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The Good Citizen Award (GCA) will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. HKGCC has been the sole sponsor of the award since its inception. Speaking at a GCA presentation ceremony today, Chamber CEO Shirley Yuen said by offering good citizens a reward for helping the police fight crime, the award encourages the public to do the right thing. It has also contributed to Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, as well as helped make our city a great place in which to live and work.
She said Hong Kong’s overall crime rate last year hit a 10-year low, thanks to the support of all awardees and the sense of justice among the general public, who help combat crime in our community.
The HKGCC also plays an important role through the Good Citizen Award. Yuen pointed out the Chamber has been supporting the award since its inception in 1973. She hopes the public understands that the Chamber cares about the community, and that we are willing to work closely with the citizens and the police to make Hong Kong a safe, international metropolis in which to live and do business.
Fighting crime is the responsibility of all citizens. Following the ceremony, Yuen was glad to have the opportunity talk with the awardees and listen to their stories of bravery. Some awardees said they had never thought about the award when they gave a helping hand. All they thought about was concern for the victim and how they could help bring the criminals to justice. So they were delighted to receive the award as a bonus.
Yuen emphasized that without a sound legal system, excellent police force and the courage of the public, Hong Kong would not be able to maintain a stable operating environment, attract foreign investors and consolidate our reputation as an international finance and business centre.
Photo 1: Chamber CEO Shirley Yuen (1st from left) and officiating guests pose for a group photo with 40 Good Citizen Awardees
Photo 2:Shirley Yuen chatted with two award recipients Shum Ka-ming and Lam Tat-ngai who shared their stories of helping police fight crime
Photos can be downloaded from www.chamber.org.hk/en/media/pressphotos/
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