Nam Tai Electronics chairman Koo Ming-kown is demanding the return of a HK$20 million (US$2.58 million) gift to Pui Ching Primary School, saying he was misled into making the donation, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
Koo said he had been told by former school director Yeung Kwok-hung and former principal Lee See-yuen that the 2007 donation was entirely for Pui Ching Primary School, his alma mater, only to find out that part of the money went to the new Pui Ching Academy.
The academy, where Yeung now works as school director, offers higher diploma and associate degree courses.
Koo said he decided to take the matter to court after failing to get a satisfactory clarification from Yeung.
Yeung and Lee are alleged to have told Koo that Pui Ching Primary School lacked the necessary funds for a new teaching block.
Yeung was quoted as saying that the school had enough money in 2007 for the expansion project, contrary Koo’s claims.
Pui Ching Primary School and Pui Ching Academy did not answer media inquiries.
Yip Chee-tim, principal of Pui Ching Middle School and director of development for Pui Ching Academy, said he was not involved in the 2007 fundraising. He said the primary school and the academy raised funds separately.
The Pui Ching Alumni Association opposes the use of Pui Ching Primary School resources by Pui Ching Academy, the report said.
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