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Stanley Ho donates marble screen to Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

A marble screen donated by Dr Stanley Ho to the Hong Kong Government will be displayed in the future Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum.

At the donation ceremony held today (July 20) at the Hong Kong Museum of History, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, said he hoped the donation would raise public awareness and encourage the community to work with the Government to establish a unique museum to commemorate Dr Sun.

"Having known that the Government was planning to convert the Kom Tong Hall into the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, Dr Ho decided early this year to donate a marble screen, which he preserved for many years, enabling this precious artifact to be returned to its place of origin. The donation reveals Dr Ho's generosity," Dr Patrick Ho said.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Stanley Ho noted that the marble screen was once housed in the Kom Tong Hall. Later when it came into his collection, he displayed it at Hotel Lisboa for quite some time. To support heritage preservation, he decided to donate the screen to the museum.

In February 2004, the Government acquired Kom Tong Hall, a historic building at 7 Castle Road in Central, and has made public its plan to convert the building into the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. The museum will focus on Dr Sun's life in Hong Kong and his revolutionary philosophy. The Hong Kong Museum of History is working on the new museum, which is expected to open to the public in early 2007.

To enrich the collection of the future museum, a "Collection Campaign of Artifacts related to Dr Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution" was held between May and August, 2004, and hundreds of artifacts were collected.

Dr Patrick Ho said that while the focus was on the artifacts related to Dr Sun Yat-sen and the 1911 Revolution, the restoration of Kom Tong Hall, which had a history of more than 90 years, was also of great importance. "To restore the interior of the building, museum staff have been searching through different channels for the original furniture and decoration. The generous donation of Dr Ho is not only a recognition of the Government's effort in preserving the monument, but also a significant encouragement to the museum staff," he said.

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