Another disturbing revelation has emerged in Hong Kong’s Watergate scandal.
The whistle-blower is the plumber the government said was responsible for installing pipes linked to lead-contaminated water at the Kai Ching and Kwai Luen public housing estates.
Lam Tak-sum revealed in a radio interview that the same materials he used there were also used in other projects at public and private housing estates, as well as St. Paul’s Hospital.
In an effort to clear his name, the licensed plumber said he was only an employee of Ho Biu Kee Construction Engineering Co. Ltd. — a subcontractor of China State Construction International Holdings Ltd. (03311.HK) — and had never been involved with the purchasing of materials, Apple Daily reported Friday.
All the materials, including water pipes and solder, were bought by Ho Biu Kee, Lam said.
He said the pipes were installed only after being approved by both the Housing Department and the Water Supplies Department.
Lam said he was being made a scapegoat by the government, which had pronounced him guilty before trial.
He said Ho Biu Kee had undertaken contracts at more than a dozen projects in the city using the same type of materials as those at Kai Ching and Kwai Luen estates.
Lam said he was once in charge of the plumbing work at St Paul’s Hospital’s new wing.
A spokesman for the hospital confirmed that Ho Biu Kee was responsible for installing pipes in Block B, which is under construction.
Pipes and soldering samples will be checked, and the builder will test water samples for lead, the spokesman told the newspaper.
He said hospital services will not be affected.
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