Tony Chan - now Peter Chan - has no regrets about contesting Ning Wang estate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 4:08pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 5:24pm

Former self-styled fung shui master turned Christian Chan Chun-chuen said he originally had regrets about contesting Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum’s estate, but not anymore, otherwise he would not have found Christianity.

Chan made the comments in a Commercial Radio broadcast aired on Thursday morning. Chan challenged the Chinachem Charitable Foundation’s claim to the estate under a 2002 will, saying a 2006 document gave Wang’s multi-billion dollar estate to him. But a court ruled in 2011 that his document was a fake.

Chan, who now faces forgery charges over a purported will from Wang, said his on-going lawsuits, and the financial problems that came with them, had caused him constant stress and anxiety.

Chan said he regretted contesting Chinachem’s claim to the estate as far back as 2007, not long after Wang’s death.

But now he thinks differently.

I can only thank the Lord. Without this plan I would not have known God and the greatest joy. I have no regrets. I would not have got this eternal hope and eternal life.

Chan, who was baptised on Tuesday, has also changed his name from Tony to Peter to reflect his new belief.

Looking back on his extramarital affair with Wang, Chan knew it was wrong.

“Humans are weak when we rely on ourselves,” he said. “My wife is great. If there were mistakes, then they must have been mine.”

Chan said he did not tell his wife, Tam Miu-ching, about his affair with Wang, but he believed she knew about it. He thanked Tam on air for her acceptance of the affair and for raising their children.

He also said court trials and subsequent publicity had put a lot of pressure on his family. His younger son took to covering his head with a blanket when he left home in an attempt to avoid media attention, and his older son deleted his Facebook account to avoid his photos from being made public, said Chan.

Chan said his family relationships had changed since he became a Christian. He now goes to Bible study fellowship sessions with his 14-year-old younger son every week. “Sometimes we grab a hamburger afterwards. That’s the happiest thing. Looking back, I realised I very seldom went out with him,” said Chan.

He has also brought his elderly mother to church several times.

Chan, who will stand trial for the forgery charge on April 22, also faces claims of unpaid taxes and legal costs of over HK$430 million.

He admitted having financial difficulties, but added, “God’s plan is sufficient for me.”

Asked if he is worried about going to jail, he said, “I know God has an amazing plan for me. I have put all my burdens on him.”