Date
20 September 2017
Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui has been accused of improper association with Sun Hung Kai Properties. Photo:HKEJ
Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui has been accused of improper association with Sun Hung Kai Properties. Photo:HKEJ

Hui accused of conflict of interest in two SHK-linked projects

Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui has been accused of having huge conflict of interest in relation to two projects linked with Sun Hung Kai Properties, RTHK reported Tuesday, citing the prosecutor.

During his term in office, Hui is said to have been involved in two projects that Sun Hung Kai was interested in — the development of a multibillion dollar cultural hub in West Kowloon, and a project on Ma Wan Island in New Territories.

In the Ma Wan Island project, Sun Hung Kai had difference of views with the government on the ferry and land transport ratio. Hui is said to have held meetings with Sun Hung Kai boss Thomas Kwok in June 2006 to discuss the issues.

Hui mentioned in the meeting that the Executive Council wants the project to be completed as soon as possible, and suggested that Thomas write a letter to the Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau and Environment, Transport and Works Bureau to ask for relaxation of the transport ratio, the report said.

The prosecutor read to the court a Hui dairy entry on June 1, 2007 about his meeting with Thomas, as well as a note on the West Kowloon project. Another entry on June 10, 2007 showed that the two met again. And he also mentioned a meeting with Raymond Kwok, another of the Sun Hung Kai bosses, in an entry on July 16.

Hui is said to have met with Kwok brothers one day after the Legislative Council meeting about the West Kowloon project.

The descriptions chimed with the diary of Raymond, the prosecutor said.

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