The city's most short-lived minister in its post-colonial history has found a way to pass the time as he awaits trial for corruption.
Former development minister Mak Chai-kwong yesterday began a part-time lecturing stint at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong. He is co-teaching the Analysis, Modelling and Project Appraisal in Transportation course, which is part of the Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning degree.
Mak quit his Secretary for Development position last July after a mere 12 days in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's new cabinet.
His resignation followed allegations that he had cross-leased flats with assistant highways director Tsang King-man in the 1980s. They had bought flats in the same North Point block, leased each other's homes and redeemed government rental allowances for them.
Mak, 62, and Tsang, 57, are facing a joint charge of conspiracy to defraud the government of HK$700,000, among others. They have denied all the charges, and a 12-day trial into the case will begin on April 22.
A notice issued yesterday by the Advisory Committee on Post-office Employment for Former Chief Executives and Politically Appointed Officials said Mak should refrain from research into the bidding of projects relating to the Development Bureau or any departments under it.
He is also forbidden from using as lecture materials any classified information he obtained during his 12 days in Leung's cabinet.