On 24 April, an edition of the biography of a notable figure Comendador Arnaldo de Oliveira Sales was launched at the library of the Club Lusitano in Hong Kong.
The publication by the International Institute of Macau (IIM), in 2021, it was not possible to launch it earlier, due to the events of the Covid-19. The book, supported by the Macau Foundation, featured presentations by Jorge Rangel, president of the IIM, and José Sales Marques, president of the Institute for European Studies of Macau (IEEM), with the participation of members and guests of the Club Lusitano in Hong Kong.
With testimonies from Ambassador Pedro Catarino, General José Eduardo Garcia Leandro, former Governor of Macau, José Sales Marques, the Club Lusitano in Hong Kong and with a preface by Jorge Rangel, the edition portrays the biography of one of the most outstanding and notable personalities of the Portuguese communities in the Far East in the 20th century. Better known as “Sonny Sales”, he was a factor of prestige, inspiration and unity for the Portuguese community in Hong Kong, a natural “leader”, he chaired the Club Lusitano of Hong Kong and the Clube de Recreios. He has served the sports community and the Hong Kong government itself, and has taken important positions in Hong Kong and international organizations, headed the Urban Council, a body corresponding to a large city council, the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, which he was president. He received high national and foreign decorations, including the Order of the British Empire, the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique and the Grand Bauhinia Medal. In Macau, he even gave voice to a documentary produced by the journalist Ana Isabel Dias, entitled “A Voz de Sales”, where he spoke about his life and the most important moments of his career.
The IIM itself awarded Comendador Sales with the Identity Award, in 2005, for his singular figure, and where he honored Portugal and for his respected leadership in the many involved projects.
The edition is a testimony and a tribute to this figure, his life between January 13, 1920 and March 6, 2020, an intense life and at the service of the common good and in defense of noble causes.
IIM has also offer some of its editions to the current president of the Club Lusitano in Hong Kong, Patrick Rozario, enriching the Club's library collection.