23 August 2019
Benny Tai and Emily Lau show their support for the pro-democracy campaign. Photo: HKEJ
Benny Tai and Emily Lau show their support for the pro-democracy campaign. Photo: HKEJ

Emily Lau’s brother files claim for cab fare against Benny Tai

An elder brother of Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau has filed a claim for HK$314.60 (US$40.57) against Benny Tai, one of the three founders of the Occupy Central movement.

Stephen Lau said in his filing with the Small Claims Tribunal that the amount was taxi fare he had to pay because the bus he normally takes from his home to Central had been rerouted owing to the Occupy protests, am730 reported Tuesday.

The case, which may involve the smallest amount among similar claims, is scheduled to be heard on December 2.

Lau said he had not told his sister that he had filed the claim. He vowed to testify even though the amount concerned is small.

Stephen Lau’s political stance is widely understood to be opposite to Emily’s. He was educated in Hong Kong and mainland China at a young age before earning his certified public accountant qualification in Britain.

Lau was among the first accountants who tapped into the mainland market in the early 1980s and was once a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Guangzhou Committee.

Before he retired in 2006, he was a partner in Ernst & Young’s Northern China operations.

Lau said the Occupy protests have caused huge inconvenience for him and other citizens.

On Oct. 6, he recalled, he was going to travel from his home in Wong Nai Chung Gap Road to Central on bus No. 6. However, the bus service had to be rerouted because of the street occupation in Admiralty.

Lau said he was forced to take a taxi to Central, which cost him HK$320.

Deducting the HK$5.40 he would have had to pay for the bus trip gives an amount of HK$314.60, which he is seeking from Tai as compensation.

To date, 13 similar claims have been filed against the Occupy founders, mostly by merchants in Mong Kok and Causeway Bay.

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