Date
26 September 2017
Former legislator Chim Pui-chung (left) and former politician Brian Kan said life in prison is not as horrible as people would imagine. Photo: HKEJ
Former legislator Chim Pui-chung (left) and former politician Brian Kan said life in prison is not as horrible as people would imagine. Photo: HKEJ

Words to live by as Hui, Kwok settle into prison life

Live simply and pretend you’re in an elderly home.

Coming from high-profile former inmates, the advice could be useful for Rafael Hui and Thomas Kwok as they settle into life behind bars.

Former legislator Chim Pui-chung, who was jailed for a year in the 1990s for fraud, said a “let it be” mindset can make prison life easier, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

“No one wants to be in jail,” Chim said.

Brian Kan, a five-time champion horse trainer and former politician who was imprisoned for a year for bribery, said the hardest thing for a prisoner is living without freedom.

Kan said it helps to think of prison life as something like being sent to an elderly home.

“I stayed in a separate cell and had four meals a day and milk tea every week,” he said.

“When I was sick, I would be looked after by doctors and allowed private prescriptions.”

High Court Justice Andrew Macrae sentened Hui, 66, a former Hong Kong chief secretary, to 7-1/2 years in prison.

Kwok, 63, former co-chairman of Hong Kong’s largest property developer, was jailed for five years.

Both were convicted by a jury on corruption-related charges in Hong Kong’s biggest graft trial.

At their sentencing on Tuesday, Justice Macrae said imprisonment is “extremely hard”, especially for high-profile older people.

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Rafael Hui (left), Thomas Chan and Thomas Kwok (right) arrive at the High Court in a police van. Photo: Bloomberg


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