Stress over Nina Wang case led me to God: ex-fung shui master

Challenger to late Nina Wang's fortune says religion has also brought him closer to family

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 March, 2013, 3:42am

Former fung shui master turned Christian, Chan Chun-chuen, says he originally had regrets contesting the late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum's estate, but not any more - because it led him to God.

Chan made the comments during a Commercial Radio broadcast aired yesterday.

Chan, who formerly used the name "Tony", had challenged the Chinachem Charitable Foundation's claim to Wang's multi-billion dollar estate under a 2002 will, saying that a 2006 document gave the estate to him.

But a court ruled in 2011 that his document was a fake.

Chan, who now faces forgery charges over the purported will from Wang, said his continuing lawsuits and the financial problems that came with them made him constantly anxious.

At first, he regretted contesting Chinachem's claim, he said. But now, he thinks differently.

"Without the lawsuits, I would not have gone to church and would not have experienced God," he said. "I have no regrets."

Chan, who was baptised at the Crossroad Community Baptist Church in Tsing Yi on Tuesday, has changed his name from Tony to Peter to reflect his new belief.

Looking back on his extramarital affair with Wang, Chan said he knew it was wrong. "Humans are weak," he said. "My wife is great. If there were mistakes, they [were] mine."

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

Chan said the court cases and publicity put a lot of pressure on his family. His younger son took to covering his head with a blanket when he left home to avoid the media, while his older son deleted his Facebook account to prevent his photos from going public, he said.

But his relationships with his family have changed since he became a Christian, he said. He now goes for weekly Bible study sessions with his 14-year-old younger son. "Looking back, I realised that I seldom went out with him," he said.

Chan, who will stand trial for the forgery charge on April 22, also faces claims of unpaid taxes and legal costs of more than HK$430 million. He admittedhaving financial difficulties, but "God's plan is sufficient for me."