Pro-democracy veteran Albert Ho has undergone a successful operation after being diagnosed with early stage lung cancer.

Former Democratic Party vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai confirmed Ho had a small tumour in his left lung. Ho received surgery to remove the cancerous tissue last Friday and was discharged on Wednesday. Sin said no chemotherapy or electrotherapy were required, and cancer cells did not spread.

The illness was discovered when Ho, a 65-year-old non-smoker, received a regular body check a month ago.

Albert Ho. File Photo: InmediaHK.

A source close to Ho who wished to keep a low profile told HKFP that his close friends and colleagues wished to avoid publicity, as Ho was resting after the operation.

Ho was the former chairman of the Democratic Party and the current chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. He did not appear at the Alliance’s rally mourning Chinese dissident Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo last Wednesday.

Martin Lee, co-founder of the Democratic Party, said after a radio programme on Thursday that he did not wish to speak publicly about anyone’s illness.

Martin Lee. File photo: HKFP.

Lee said he visited Ho earlier and called him on Wednesday night. Lee confirmed that Ho underwent a successful operation: “There is no need to worry.”

“He said he still felt pain last night, and then I told him a joke. He coughed a lot when he laughed – he said he couldn’t laugh, he had to hang up,” Lee said.

“He does feel pain, but it is less and less painful day by day.”

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.