Former triad boss Kwok Wing-hung was having afternoon tea at the lobby of the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday, when a man approached, pulled out a seven-inch knife and tried to stab him.
Kwok, who had four bodyguards at the time, was quick enough to dodge the attack but still suffered a cut on his eyelid, Apple Daily reported on Monday.
The bodyguards gave chase, but the attacker escaped via Middle Road.
Kwok, also known as “Shanghai Tsai (Boy)”, was rushed to the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital by his men while hotel security staff notified the police of the incident.
Police investigators who reviewed the video footage from the hotel’s surveillance cameras identified the victim as Kwok, former leader of the Wo Shing Wo triad.
In the evening, two investigators were said to have interviewed Kwok at his hospital room for about 15 minutes.
When contacted by reporters, Kwok refused to comment on the case.
Sources said Kwok has recently become the target for several triad forces for undisclosed reasons, and was always under heavy protection whenever he went out.
At least three seven-seater vans usually escorted him, the sources said.
Kwok has become a controversial figure over the last few years, especially since he was seen by the press having dinner with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s campaign manager Fanny Law and members of the Heung Yee Kuk before the chief executive election in 2012.
It was also said that Kwok had been forced to exit the casino VIP room business in Macau because of mounting gambling debts.
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