An industrial building that is partly controlled by Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, a standing committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is said to have been converted into a residential facility featuring up to 100 sub-divided flats.
The property in question is the Choy Lee Industrial Building on Tsun Yip Street in Kwun Tong, Apple Daily reported.
According to the Land Registry, the first to fifth floors of the building had been purchased by Eagle Crown Holdings for HK$130 million in September last year.
Eagle Crown is owned by Chu & Lau Nominees Ltd., which in turn is co-owned by Lau and Wong Ngo-sheung, the general manager of Chu & Lau Solicitors & Notaries, the report said.
Questioned over the matter, Lau said his company holds some rights in the building on behalf of a client and that he has no personal interests in it.
He declined to reveal the identity of the real owner.
Asked about the purported sub-divided flats inside the building, Lau said that legal action could be taken if anyone is found to have broken the law.
Media investigations have revealed that each of the five floors in the building houses around 20 sub-divided flats. The units are said to be 100 to 200 square feet in size.
The settings are completely different from the statutory plans of the building drawn up in 1963 when there were no rooms across the five storeys, the report said.
Reporters have also noticed that three windows had been created on a wall. A property agent was quoted as saying that units with windows have an asking rental of HK$4,600 per month, while the windowless ones go for about HK$3,900 a month.
Lau, 68, was a district councilor and legislative councilor between 1980 and 1990, and had also been the chairman of the Law Society of Hong Kong at one time.
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