Kenneth Ma Pays $500,000 HKD for Father’s Surgery

By on July 21, 2012 in Hot Gossip!, NEWS

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Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) popularity has burst through the roof after appearing in hit dramas, The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時> and Three Kingdoms RPG <回到三国>. Withi his status ascending to become one of TVB’s top siu siangs, Kenneth’s earnings also jumped tremendously! Although his career is smooth sailing, Kenneth appears to have a heavy heart. Earlier, Kenneth’s father was admitted to the hospital, in which Kenneth paid $500,000 HKD for his father’s heart surgery.

Kenneth is an Attentive and Thoughtful Son

An inside source revealed that Kenneth’s father was found to have a heart problem during his health check up. Fortunately, his heart condition was discovered early, otherwise, it could lead to serious complications. Kenneth conveyed to the doctor that the utmost importance was to treat his father, with the costs being secondary. As the surgery was done in a private hospital, Kenneth assumed full burden of $500,000 HKD in medical bills!

When he was asked about his father’s surgery, Kenneth confirmed, “It’s very common for the old folks to have some small problem. He was admitted earlier and has completely recovered. Thank you for your concern.”

Asked whether his father’s medical bills cost $500,000 HKD? Kenneth replied, “It does not matter how much the bills are. What’s most important is his health. As his son, it’s my responsibility to be filial to my parents.”

Kenneth was also photographed having tea with his parents earlier. For the sake of his father’s health, Kenneth was thoughtful when ordering the food. He ordered mainly light dishes and avoided oily, fried food. After the meal, he attentively held his parents arms and walked patiently with them. Even his costar, Tavia Yeung (楊怡) had praised Kenneth in a recent interview for being an attentive son to his parents!

Kenneth Likes Living with Parents

Kenneth Ma has been branded as TVB’s top “diamond bachelor” due to his healthy lifestyle and good man image. He was romantically linked to Margie Tsang (曾華倩) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) in the past. Currently, living with his parents in Tai Koo City, Hong Kong, Kenneth has proclaimed that he will continue staying with his parents as long as he is not married.

Kenneth was reportedly looking at an apartment in Tai Koo City for investment. Kenneth confessed, “I did keep an eye on the property market. If there is any suitable apartment in that area, I will take it! I can stay there when I get married! Ha ha!” Did  Kenneth have the intention to get married soon or did he have a new love target?

Kenneth’s Net Worth Increases

After 12 years of hard toil, Kenneth finally ascended as one of  TVB’s top actors. He reportedly pocketed $6.55 million HKD from his TVB series, endorsements and outdoor events. Currently, he earned $30,000 HKD per episode. He has 6 series this year, which help him earn $4.2 million HKD!

Kenneth also has 3 ad endorsements on hand, which on average earned him between $300,000 to $500,000 HKD. He also picked up approximately 4 promotional events monthly, collecting $50,000 HKD per event. In the first half of 2012, he reportedly profited $1.2 million HKD from the events!

Kenneth’s hard work and efforts finally pay off. It is a remarkable career turnaround for the 38-year-old actor who was formerly cast in forgettable cameo roles. With 6 TVB series on hand this year, Kenneth’s meteoric rise continues; no doubt his million-dollar paycheck will only increase as well!

Source: Sudden Weekly #886 via ihktv.com

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62 comments to Kenneth Ma Pays $500,000 HKD for Father’s Surgery

  1. jayne says:

    With Kenneth considering buying a home to use when he gets married and recent hinting that he prefers older women, is he still thinking about Margie Tsang?

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      There are plenty of older women other than Margie Tsang. And he is already rather old so does he really want someone older? How much older?

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  2. vivien says:

    KM is an adorable darling!

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  3. elin says:

    ma ming love hm..

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  4. sandcherry says:

    Kenneth Ma is a very good son. His parents are very proud of him. There are not many around these days, to live with his parents at the age of 38. Definitely not in North America and probably not in Hong Kong either.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      That isn’t true since some of my brothers are over 40 and still live with my mom.There are more than you think that still live with their parents.

      Anyways, Kenneth is such a sweet and filial son. Whomever marries him is so lucky and hope that he finds his other half soon and that she will love and cherish him as well.. His parents are so lucky to have such a sweet and filial son. Filial children are hard to find these days…

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      • sandcherry replied:

        HeTieShou:
        Are you a 1st generation Chinese in the States, or 2nd generation? If you are a 1st, I am not too surprised if your brothers still live with your aged mom (if she is single) so that they can take care of her. Your brothers are very filial. However, if you are a 2nd generation Chinese in the States, and your 40-year old brothers still live with your mom, then it is quite unusual. I won’t say that there is an absolute “NO”, but usually it won’t happen.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Most kids, who are born, raised and educated in North America, will move out once they work full-time and make enough money to support themselves. Some even move out when they find part-time jobs.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        There is a saying; father takes care of son, son takes care of his own son. This is the way of the children these days. In the past children takes care of parents. Some may say Kenneth is mommy’s boy but I feel a man who is capable of living alone takes care of his family, even lives with them is a responsible man worthy of being a life partner. Some men do like the convenience of mother’s care, cooking, washing, etc but I doubt that is the case with kenneth. Problem is you have to get along with his parents. But if ever a woman ever as a man to choose between her or his parents, that woman is not worthy of that man. Same goes if it is the other way around. You don’t marry the man or woman but you gain a family.

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      • elin replied:

        not only in us i am in msia.. i am nt staying wth my parents anymore.. tht doesnt make me not filial just like my space though i go bck every week to hve dinner wth thm

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      • LeilaFan replied:

        I move out when I went to college.
        Before I got married, I also didn’t live with my parents. I do visit them on Saturday and Sunday, and buy them food and give them weekly spending money.
        Now I’m married, so it hard to live with them. But on the bright side of it is my old parents can enjoy their life and go places they want to go, and enjoy their old time together.
        I’m the youngest in my family, so my parents are old. My husband is the oldest in his family, so his parents are younger than my parents.
        So I rather let my mother in law watch my son instead my mom, LOL! I don’t want my old age mother still have to babysit grandson.
        When you get married, is hard to live with parents, especially here in United States.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        @Sandcherry,
        No, we are second generation but my family is very traditional. Also, those brothers of mine are not married either. My oldest brother is 47 and will never get married so of course he will live with my mom. MY father also passed away so my mom would be all alone if we did not live with her.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I also want to say that it is so sweet that Kenneth loves both his mom and dad. Many are close to their mom and mom gets all of the credit while dad does not get anything. Therefore, it is great that Kenneth loves his dad and seems to be close with him as well…

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      • NCieeC replied:

        hey HeTieShou,
        i have a 40 or 41 years old friend. Will your brother be interested? Maybe he didn’t find the right one that is why you say he will never get marry. My friend is Chinese and never have a boyfriend before. She is a very nice lady.

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    • Fox replied:

      Not really. The traditional habit of the asian is still family together. The family tight on.Asia is also stronger than in other continentals. Now it changed but we still can see 3-4 generations together in a house in HK, China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, etc. Maybe in the Westernized places like HK or Japan it’s lesser than other places but it is definitely not rare.

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    • iampheng replied:

      I agree with Funn on this one. It is rare to find a guy these days who will still care for his family so much. I am thinking that even if Kenneth moves out and starts his own family, he will still care for them and also his wife’s parents. This type of man is hard to find.

      My family is very traditional. I am a second generation American. My parents are immigrants and the first generation. They hope that all of their children will eventually start a family…and then move out hahaha. The ability to do so for them is a sign that we have the financial means to take care of ourselves.

      If I were younger, I wouldn’t mind dating a guy who still lived at home with the assumption that we would start our own family under our own roof eventually. Now that I am older (late 20s early 30s) that situation is unattractive to me where a man still lives with his parents—UNLESS of course, it is HIS PARENTS who are living with him. That changes the dynamic haha. Personally, I moved back home to go to graduate school, only. It is extremely rare for me to meet someone in the same situation as myself, male or female, of any race or ethnic background.

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  5. AC says:

    I’m glad his dad is okay.

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    • nilson uy replied:

      Hi, thanks for sharing your comments to us. I myself admire Kenneth Ma for his being a filial son. This is very rare nowadays, especially in advance countries like America. I hope he will be blessed more. His parents are so lucky for having Kenneth as their son. Their efforts to raise and educate him did not get wasted. I hope there will be more celebrities to emulate Kenneth Ma and his lifestyle.

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  6. Funn Lim says:

    There are plenty of guys who stays with their parents. Many are leeching but some like Kenneth is because he likes to take care of his parents. In Asia this is not a strange concept. Asian families like everyone under one roof. More so he is a filial son.

    And of course he pays for the surgery. What does the media expect?

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    • sandcherry replied:

      HKD500,000 is not much if Kenneth makes millions of dollars per year. Any good son would pay for this expense. It is his responsibility to take care of his parents, especially when there is a need for his father to have surgery.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Not all sons will even be willing to pay 10,000. half a million is still a lot of money. Have seen sons avoiding paying hospital bills but willing to pay for parent’s funeral expense.

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      • Fox replied:

        500k HKD isnt thatmuch for something related to the health of your family member. I paid double of this amount for my mom’s heart surgery last year. The most important thing is health and money can be earned but health cant. So as a son, it’s his duty.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I agree that some sons or just children in general will not be willing to pay their parents’ hospital bill. I have a cousin who values money more than anything. I remember once how my aunt(his mom) only asked for $200 US dollars and he was complaining and even mocked my aunt. I was so sad and mad to hear that he did that. My cousin makes a lot too but sadly, he is even cheap towards his own kids. It’s not like he can take the money with him when he dies…

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        All of the money in the world cannot buy health…

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      • iampheng replied:

        @HeTieShou, my heart goes out to your auntie! Such a child…would have been better off not to raise!!

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      • Fox replied:

        A quote that can be used to your cousin: better to give birth to a chop than him.

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      • elin replied:

        oh gosh yes.. all of us hve someone like tht in the family.. where thy r nt willing to sacrifice mney or even time for anybody

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Thanks guys and yea, I cannot believe that cousin of mine would do that…He treats his own kids the same way. He refuses to even buy toys for them. My aunt is now ill and my mom was saying that when my aunt passes away, he can give her a million dollars and it would not matter at all…

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  7. sandcherry says:

    Kenneth Ma’s (future) wife has to be a rather generous woman who can accept her husband to put a lot of focus on his parents. Not every woman can do it these days. She may even have to live with her in-laws!!

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      It’s his duty. If the woman can’t understand then maybe he is not for her. And it doesn’t take a generous woman. There is nothing generous for her to put up with her husband focusing on his parents unless it is very unhealthy level. I find it insane a man has to choose between wife and parents or woman between husband and parents for ordinary stuff. Like I said unless it is not unreasonable blind filial piety, then parents come first.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Funn:

        You must be a very filial daughter as well. Your parents are very lucky to have you.

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      • LeilaFan replied:

        I agree on this. No woman should ask their man choose between them and their mother.
        Parents are always important than spouse, ALWAYS! Parents are only one, once they gone, they gone forever. Spouse even if divorce, you can remarried again.
        I’m sorry but to be blunt, nobody in this world can be more important than my father. Not even my husband or son, and I don’t even have to think, if I have to choose, I choose my father always.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Sandcherry, I am not filial enough. I have other siblings to help share the bill or rather pay big bulk so my responsibility is less or even nil. But contribution need not be about money. It can other things. But when it comes to a situation between parents or husband (which has yet to occur but might) and if husband not getting along with my family (which includes my siblings), I will ditch him. Because my siblings and parents are reasonable people. I know the people I grow up with even if we don’t see eye to eye often enough.

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    • Fox replied:

      What happen if the surgery is a must to her mother? She can request her husband to pay or not. No need to be gorgeous. It’s son and daughter’s duty. They are parents, who gave birth to you and raise you. Unless cant, or you have duty to pay.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I think if it is the girl’s parents, she should pay herself if she has the money too. However, her husband can help out as well. If it is the guy’s parents, I think the girl should help as well. Once you marry, you have a father and mother in law as well that you should also treat like your own.. Basically, just be fair whether it be his or her parents…

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        The guy should help pay but I don’t think it is right to ask him to pay all of his father and mother in law’s medical bills. That just isn’t right…

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      • Fox replied:

        It isnt right or wrong, it’s what you have to do. Imagining if these illness happen on your parent and the husband denies to pay, you will know how the husband feels when you denies his request. Vice versa, too.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I personally would never deny helping to pay for my future father and mother in law’s medical bills if I had the money to. If I married him, his parents are like my parents and I also hope that he would treat my parents in the same way. It is only fair to do so…

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      • Fox replied:

        I disagree. I can love and respect my parent-in-laws but they wont never be as much as my parent.

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    • Gar replied:

      Maybe that’s why he is still single since all the single ladies know that he is an extremely filial son and if they were to hook up with him then there’s that possibility that they will have to live with his parents after marriage. There are not too many girls out there now who are willing to live with the inlaws.

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  8. Funn Lim says:

    I don’t know much about figures but $30,000 HKD per episode is low? I have read some quite famous stars in China earning up to half a million RMB per series. I think perhaps is it HK stars are underpaid or china stars overpaid?

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    • skinnymocha replied:

      Both overpaid (especially when you consider the number of episodes/series they film). The mainland stars are just way, WAY overpaid. As are a lot of “famous” people these days.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I once read an article about the most overpaid professions and the 2 that topped the list were entertainers and athletes. One of the most underpaid were teachers. However, the good thing is the 2 most prestigious professions were the ones from the medical field and education..

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Athletes are overpaid only in so far as commercials. They earn huge buck in commercials and being spokesperson unless they turn professionals.

        So even by TVB standards they’re overpaid??

        From what I read HK stars are considered underpaid in china compared to what the more established China actors get. I mean RMB200k per episode is nothing compared to what I read as RMB600k per episode and China series are almost always min 30 episodes. Maybe the number is just reported as too big. Where they got such huge money? Does the series make so much money or is it the case of money laundering?

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    • Fox replied:

      30k/eps is pretty high in Txb. There are leading artists with lower fees. For example Linda only gets 15-20k/eps. Txb artists dun live by filming but the fame gained through filming. Providing that top Txb artists only have 50-60k/eps. The contractual ones.

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  9. aptos says:

    KM is getting his chance due to the recent departure of veteran TVB artists looking for greener pastures. He is definitely making the best of the opportunity. Making a living to pay bills, saving for a home purchase and take care of his family who may be less fortunate and who have supported him is the right thing to do! If romance comes along, more power and luck to him.

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  10. Lucia says:

    I’m glad Kenneth’s father is recovering and is fine now. Does employee have health insurance from their company in Hong Kong?

    Does the government give its citizen free health insurance for elders, who are over 65 years old (like medicare/medical) in the U.S.?

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Unless Kenneth Ma’s father is working for a big corporation, usually there is no health insurance offered by the employer. However, his father could have bought private medical/hospital insurance himself. A lot of people do nowadays in Hong Kong. HK Government does not provide her citizens (even for old aged) free health insurance. If his father goes to government hospitals, it would cost him a lot less, but the wait time could be a year or more. Private hospitals in Hong Kong are pretty expensive, but the wait time is a lot less.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Thanks for the info sandcherry! No wonder it is so hard expensive living in Hk. I always thought that HK did have free medical care for it’s aged citizens at least since they also provide welfare and all… I never knew that… my mom was even shocked to hear that HK had welfare.

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  11. May says:

    Taking care of your parents in not a “duty”. You do it out of love and respect. “duty” is for work.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      But for some who doesn’t understand love and respect, duty is a word easier to understand. Not many love and respect their parents. Of course sometimes parents act in such a way very difficult to even respect. That’s why I said as long as it is not bling filial piety, then it is a duty one must observe.

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    • elin replied:

      i would say its out responsibility.. thy hve taken care of us for so long.. when we r able to help thm out why cant we do so..

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  12. RLF Lover says:

    Good for Kenneth. I’ve not always liked him till The Hippocratic Crush (The Four being a minor acception), so yes, good for him!

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  13. Lucia says:

    Thank you sandcherry for the information! 🙂

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  14. munkimui says:

    such a good son he is!!!i’ve seen some of his pictures when he first started out in the industry and he was holding his mother’s hand while they were walking. They were even really close when they were in the subway. They have a very close relationship.

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  15. 888 says:

    anyone know what the show is called that he’s in? saw 5 mins of it on sat around 4 ish

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  16. elin says:

    wat sh0ow 888. if kenneth latest show is three kingdom

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  17. fendi says:

    Ma man married me

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  18. P. Tan says:

    Especially by today’s standards Kenneth is a filial and loving son. In the old days one would just take it for granted that the son naturally looks after his parents but sad to say, it isn’t quite like that in this modern world. Increasingly the old people are being neglected by the young and with the opening up of old folks’ homes the former are dumped their to rot. Of course, I’m talking generally and there are exceptions to the rule always but I find that this is the trend nowadays. To Kenneth HK$500,000 is a lot of money for he is just starting to do well. So, I admire him for being so caring and generous towards his parents who should be very proud to have such a good son.

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  19. Hannahh says:

    I love u Ma Ming! Marry Me lolz

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      *pushing*

      GET IN LINE!!

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      • Jodie replied:

        They should do a Bachelor show for Ma Ming. LOL

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