Hong Kong man injured in knife attack near site of Yuen Long housing saga

Two suspects escape after incident at Wang Chau, leaving victim with minor wounds to hands and feet

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2016, 9:54am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 September, 2016, 10:50pm

A knife attack happened just before midnight on Tuesday in Wang Chau, the Yuen Long site at the heart of a land development controversy linked to death threats received by a newly elected lawmaker.

A 29-year-old man suffered injuries to his hands and feet after being attacked by two other men, one wearing a mask, police said.

The incident happened at about 11.40pm, when the duo attacked the victim on Fuk Hi Street in Wang Chau near Long Ping Estate. The suspects then escaped.

The victim made a police report and was sent to Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long before being transferred to Tuen Mun Hospital.

A source identified him as former Lingnan University lecturer Man Wing-cheong.

Initial investigations showed the attack was linked to a dispute over money involving Man’s father, the source added.

The attack happened outside their village house on Fuk Hi Street after the victim got out of his father’s car. He was walking toward the house’s front door at the time, and his father was parking the car, according to the source.

The house is near a controversial brownfield site – a piece of environmentally damaged land mainly occupied by industrial operations – on which the government earlier planned to build public housing. The plan has since been set aside to prioritise work on a nearby green belt site with heavy vegetation.

Leaked documents suggest the government made the decision after private consultation with rural leaders who had vested interests in the bownfield site.

Newly elected lawmaker Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who has been urging the government to develop the brownfield site first, is now under police protection after receiving death threats possibly related to his involvement in the issue.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was later revealed to have set up and chaired a special task force on the Wang Chau development plan, will hold a press conference on the matter on Wednesday afternoon. He will be joined by Finance Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah and Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.

Additional reporting by Clifford Lo