ICAC probes drug rehab school

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 12:00am

The controversy over the Christian Zheng Sheng Association and its private school for drug offenders escalated yesterday when graft busters visited the college and the homes of its operators.

Independent Commission Against Corruption officers yesterday afternoon visited Christian Zheng Sheng College supervisor Jacob Lam Hay-sing and principal Alman Chan Siu-cheuk, the association's only two paid directors.

The officers searched the association's premises and the homes of Mr Lam in Cheung Chau and Mr Chan in Kowloon Tong and took away some documents.

No arrests were made.

Mr Lam told the media yesterday that Zheng Sheng was being 'purged' and all premises related to the association were visited by the officers.

'They have visited all Zheng Sheng premises and as far as I know the officers did not just visit me, but Chan too,' he said.

It was not known what exactly the ICAC is investigating or what evidence it has gathered. But the investigation is believed to be related to the recent controversy over the use of funds by the association.

A spokeswoman for the ICAC last night said the commission would neither confirm the visits nor comment on an individual case.

Mr Chan last night also refused to confirm whether the ICAC had visited him. 'Thanks to those who care about us. All the matters relating to Zheng Sheng will be dealt with by the lawyers,' he said.

The ICAC visits came two days after the association - embroiled in a row over a plan to move its campus to Mui Wo - responded for the first time to allegations it used government money to fund businesses.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Lam and Mr Chan said that since it was set up in 1998, the association's total income was HK$128 million. Of the income, HK$83 million was from tuition and accommodation fees collected from its students. Most students paid the fees with Social Welfare Department assistance.