I tried to kill myself, says Michael Wong's daughter

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 December, 2003, 12:00am

The daughter of resigned EOC chairman Michael Wong Kin-chow yesterday said she once tried to commit suicide by taking 80 sleeping pills after her six-year relationship with tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung soured.

Speaking on Commercial Radio's showbiz gossip talk show The Rattling Kettle, socialite and barrister Rosaline Wong Wing-yue said she was deeply hurt that Mr Lau stayed with her for only five minutes in hospital after her attempted suicide.

But she did not say whether her suicide bid was before or after their break-up, which apparently occurred in 2001.

'My family stayed with me and cried for the whole night,' she said. 'But he only looked at me for five minutes. This is what people don't know.'

Ms Wong, 33, also defended her father's decision to agree to live in the $30 million luxury flat given to her in 1998 by Mr Lau. The tycoon also reportedly provided Ms Wong with air tickets which she gave to her father while he was still a High Court judge.

Mr Wong resigned his post as head of the Equal Opportunities Commission last month over his controversial sacking of a key staffer appointed by his predecessor, Anna Wu Hung-yuk, and accusations that he accepted undeclared gifts as a judge.

Ms Wong said the luxury flat in Magazine Gap Road was not entirely a gift from Mr Lau because she had paid part of the mortgage.

'I paid instalments over a long period of time. I treasured my time with my family and chose to live with my parents,' she said. 'In the past weeks, my family and I were under immense pressure. I wanted to say that many media reports [about our family] were untrue.'

She said Mr Lau had always been persistent in wanting to marry her since they met in 1996. 'I refused him at first. But there is no black-and-white in love. He showed immense sincerity. Needless to say, he was a charming person at that time. I accepted [his love] in the end,' she said.

'I truly sacrificed a lot for him, even up to the point of not speaking to my parents for 11/2 years. They always objected to the relationship.'

She said members of Mr Lau's family had tried to talk her into marrying him. 'But I did not say yes,' she said. 'I even returned gifts which included a sapphire costing several million dollars, bouquets of flowers and rubies.'