Weeks before appearing in court to face forgery charges, former self-styled fung shui master Chan Chun-chuen has renounced geomancy for Christianity.
Chan was baptised at the Crossroad Community Baptist Church in Tsing Yi on Tuesday, after changing his name from Tony to Peter to symbolise a new life.
"This is the happiest day in my life," Chan told a radio host. "It felt like getting married, and I could tell everyone that I am a Christian."
He also turned his back on geomancy, describing it as the work of the devil.
Charged with forgery over a purported will that he said left him the entire fortune of billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, Chan said he was not afraid of going to jail: "Since I have received the greatest salvation … other things don't matter to me any more."
He will stand trial on April 22 while also facing claims of more than HK$430 million in unpaid taxes and legal costs.
Chan told Commercial Radio yesterday that the turning point came in March last year, when his Christian driver Henry Tam quit and gave him a Bible.
"When I held on to that Bible, I felt like paralysed … and warmth in my heart … so I asked Henry, 'can I have a meeting with a pastor?'" Chan said.
That was how he met Lam Yee-lok, who together with another pastor explained Christianity to him.
Chan claimed to have been fung shui adviser and boyfriend of Wang, late head of property developer Chinachem and one of the world's richest women, after she died of cancer at 69.
He challenged the Chinachem Charitable Foundation's claim to the estate under a 2002 will, saying a 2006 document gave the fortune to him. But a court ruled in 2011 that his document was a fake.
Rejecting fung shui, he said that if an adviser's prediction did not come true one might lose a few thousand dollars.
"But you have to be especially careful if they come true, because by creating such effects, the devil's motive is to lure people towards him," he said.
Chan, whose claims to have been Wang's lover made headlines, expressed regret at not having been a good husband.
About 70 friends and relatives attended the private baptism on Tuesday, including Chan's wife, Tam Miu-ching, who said her husband made "some progress".
"He has changed, becoming quieter, happier, and less agitated," Tam said. "We are more harmonious now, as he is spending more time with the kids."