Senior Hong Kong officials and political heavyweights from across the spectrum will gather on Friday to pay their final tribute to veteran legislator Allen Lee Peng-fei, who died last month.
The diverse mix of people, which reflects the wide recognition he had garnered over more than two decades of his political career, will converge at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, where mourning will be held from the afternoon till evening.
Those who will bid Li farewell include James Tien Pei-chun, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee and Felix Chung Kwok-pan, key figures of the city’s pro-business Liberal Party, which was co-founded by Lee.
Pro-establishment heavyweight and former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, as well as former security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, now a New People’s Party lawmaker, are also on the list.
On the other side, Martin Lee Chu-ming, a barrister and the founding chairman of the Democratic Party, said he would attend the memorial as soon as he finished his day in court.
A source with knowledge of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s schedule said the city’s leader had also arranged a trip to pay tribute.
Tien, the Liberal Party’s honorary chairman, said: “Lee believed in a middle-of-the-road approach in politics and the importance of harmony and coordination between various camps.”
“This will be especially missed given the polarisation in Hong Kong’s political sphere these days,” he added.
Lee died peacefully in the company of relatives on May 15, according to his family. An invitation was recently sent to his close friends to inform them about the commemorative session, where admission is restricted by invitation.
His family had kept his funeral a low-profile event following his wishes.