Business club tries to claim HK$8,070 from bankrupt Rafael Hui

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 5:54am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 5:54am

Bankrupt former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan faces a fresh debt claim of HK$8,070, a far cry from the near HK$75 million that media reports have suggested he owes other creditors.

This time, Hui, 65, failed to pay a business club located in one of Sun Hung Kai Properties' buildings, the Small Claims Tribunal heard yesterday.

Hui is already embroiled in the most high-profile corruption case in the city's history with SHKP co-chairmen Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Raymond Kwok Ping-luen. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Hui did not appear in court. He was declared bankrupt late last month, and the tribunal could not deal with any claim involving a bankrupt, a tribunal officer told a representative of the claimant, the proprietor of World Trade Centre Club Hong Kong.

The officer advised that the claimant contact Hui's official receiver if it wanted to pursue the claim.

The representative stated the claim at the tribunal but said he would discuss the possibility of further action with the company.

The club is located on the top floor of the World Trade Centre at Causeway Bay. The building is owned by SHKP.

In October, the club lodged the claim with the tribunal, saying Hui failed to pay the HK$880 monthly subscription fee between December and August.

He also failed to pay administrative fees of HK$150, it said.

Hui already faces civil claims from five lenders: the Bank of East Asia (BEA); Honour Finance, a company owned by SHKP; Chong Hing Bank; Standard Chartered Bank and Hang Seng Bank. The debts include an unconfirmed HK$60 million outstanding with BEA.

On November 27, the High Court declared Hui bankrupt. The bank issued a writ in April asking him to pay all money due under two overdraft facilities and two credit cards, and filed a bankruptcy petition in September.

The criminal trial will be heard in the Court of First Instance in May.