Mr Samuel Law 羅森明先生


Date 14 April 2013 Interviewed by Aubrey Ko
Language Cantonese Audio Edited by Jingxiang Shi
Venue Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence Translated by Xiaoyi Wang

Samuel Law migrated to Hong Kong in 1952. He was educated throughout in Catholic boys' schools. He received his primary education at the Salesian Brothers' School and secondary education at the La Salle College. His first job was a summer job as a receptionist in the (now demolished) Ambassador Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui, after which he served in the British Army between 1962 and 1970. Throughout his military service, Samuel was in the Royal Army Education Corps, working his way up to Staff Sergeant.

Between 1970 and 1973, he worked for the Hong Kong Air Terminal Services as a Training Officer, then as an Executive Officer of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Wharf for five years. Between 1978 and 1997, before the handover, he was a railwayman of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), retiring from the position of Senior Station Manager. One could say Samuel had been serving the British throughout his career and that his nine years of military service had a tremendous impact on his subsequent management style, work attitude and personal outlook.

Experiencing the Hong Kong 1967 riots and the subsequent few years of community recreation projects, the Kowloon Wharf Strike in 1974 and the two strikes in the MTR, formed part of his challenging but interesting work history. Samuel has, nevertheless, one regret for having been a professional soldier – joining the army at the wrong time and then leaving without completing his 22 years of service.