Missing HK pair on cruise left fortune to Tsang

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 July, 2009, 12:00am

A Hong Kong mother and son who went missing during a cruise last week left a suicide note leaving their fortune to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.

The mother, in her 50s, and her son, in his 20s - whose identities have not been released - joined an eight-day cruise through Hong Thai Travel Services. A police spokesman last night said a report was received of a woman, 46, surnamed Chan and a man, 21, surnamed Ng, who had had gone missing.

'Costa Crociere confirms that two passengers embarked on board Costa Classica have been declared missing,' the cruise company said yesterday.

Costa Classica is cruising China, Korea and Japan.

Hong Thai deputy general manager Daniel Chan Kin-pang said the pair joined the cruise in Tianjin with about 30 others on July 5. They did not join a sightseeing trip in Cheju the next day nor one in Fukuoka, prompting the tour guide to ask staff to check their room.

A suicide note was found with their belongings.

It said they wanted their assets to go to the chief executive.

Solicitor Thomas Tse Lin-chung said Mr Tsang could not and would not be the heir. 'A suicide note cannot be regarded as a will. It is not legally binding.'

The whereabouts of the mother and son remain unknown and the cruise company has notified authorities, who are investigating the case.

Hong Thai said a woman claiming to be the woman's sister had contacted them and she had been referred to police.