Retired colonial-era Daimler limousine to be auctioned off Study: Tai Chi beneficial


A PRIME slice of Hong Kong’s colonial past – the Daimler limousine that ferried former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and the last governor, Chris Patten, around town – is to be auctioned off. 

 

The car, bought by the government in 1991 for HK$892,670 (RM439,193), has carried countless VIPs but now has been retired from official duties.  

 

The South China Morning Post quoted a Financial Services and Treasury Bureau spokesman as saying that the car had become unserviceable and would be sold, probably at auction.  

History professor Ho Pui Yin, from Chinese University, told the daily that it would be more appropriate to put the car in a museum than sell it.  

The car could fetched up to HK$1mil (RM482,000) because of its historical significance, a car expert told the newspaper. 

NEW research by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University confirmed what many practitioners had been saying for years – that Tai Chi has health benefits, particularly for the elderly.  

The Standard reported that the university was now trying to determine what effect Tai Chi exercises may have on sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease. 

Professors Christina Hui-Chan and William Tsang, from the Centre for East-meets-West in Rehabilitation Sciences, compared two groups of elderly Tai Chi and non-Tai Chi practitioners and concluded that Tai Chi improves balance and reduces the likelihood of falls. 

The discovery has spurred further research into Parkinson’s, which is the most common neuro-degenerative disease affecting the elderly.  

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