Tung Chee-hwa (first from right), vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and former chief executive of Hong Kong, falls as he leaves the stage on the morning of March 5.
Tung Chee-hwa, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and former chief executive of Hong Kong, accidentally falls on stage as he leaves his seat after the opening ceremony of the National People’s Congress of the Communist Party of China (NPC) on the morning of March 5.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily reported that after the opening ceremony of the meeting, Tung fell on the stage as he was leaving the venue and collapsed to the ground, where others present rushed to help him up.
The report said that Tung, 83, was unable to get up after falling to the ground for a while, and was then slowly helped up by people present, who did not seem to be seriously hurt and responded to greetings from others, but his movements were slow.
After standing up, Tung could walk away on his own, during which a number of people came forward.
There are also reports that Tung Chee-hwa was greeting people when he left his seat and stepped on the air, no injuries, no need to be admitted to the hospital for examination.
This is not the first Time Tung Chee-hwa has fallen in public; at the end of 1997, shortly after taking office, Tung Chee-hwa accidentally fell on the stage at an event to promote voter registration for the Legislative Council election and had to be helped up by other guests present.
He is the eldest son of the late King of the Boats, Tung Ho Wan, who was the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong in 1997. 500,000 people took to the streets in 2003 to protest against the pushing of Article 23 of the Basic Law, and Tung stepped down early in 2005, citing “foot pain” as the reason.