Eight unanswered questions

Fifty-eight days after the fatal shootings in the Tsim Sha Tsui underpass, official doors remain closed on even the most basic information about the investigation.

Sunday, 14 May, 2006, 12:00am

Land crunch reaches into afterlife

Surging property prices have long created a headache for those living in Shanghai, but the impact is now reaching beyond the grave.

Simply put, Shanghai is running out of space. Amid a speculative property boom and rising land prices, the city has been forced to find novel ways to make space for the dead while changing traditional funeral practices in the process.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am


IF THE COST of living is high in Hong Kong, arrangements for the afterlife don't come cheap either. But few inquire about prices for funeral services when the subject is traditionally taboo, and costs can come as a shock to bereaved families, as Ada Wai Kam-san discovered after her father-in-law passed away last month.

5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Payout offer for body mix-up rejected

Former wife of man cremated by wrong family demands 'unsatisfactory' offer of $50,000 be doubled

The government's offer of compensation for the recent body mix-up blunder has been rejected by one of the two families involved.

They yesterday accused officials of showing a lack of respect.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Aid sought for family in mortuary mix-up

Officials will help the family of the man whose body was mistakenly cremated in a mortuary blunder seek financial assistance to pay for funeral rites.

But Deputy Director of Health Leung Ting-hung said a decision had not yet been made on whether the family of Wong Yin-chau would be compensated for their pain and suffering. Officials were considering this option, he said.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Pang inquest a victory for course of justice

The unexpected discovery of a skeleton always arouses suspicion, wherever it is found. When the remains belong to a woman who had an affair with the brother of a senior government official and were found inside a flat he owned, those suspicions deepen.

23 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Pang sisters file police corruption complaint

Issue of investigation into the case involves public interest, says lawmaker helping family of dead model

Graft-busters will decide this morning whether to investigate allegations of police corruption and abuse of power over the death of model Annie Pang Chor-ying.

23 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Fang jubilant as inquest jury finds model's death was accidental

Lawyer John Fang Meng-sang hailed an inquest jury as 'brave and responsible' yesterday after it found that model Annie Pang Chor-ying - whose skeleton was discovered in a flat owned by Mr Fang - had died by accident or misadventure.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Pang family's resolve led to search for truth

The drama surrounding the death of Annie Pang Chor-ying began when her family announced last June that it was seeking a judicial review for an inquest to be held.

Pang's skeleton was found on October 7, 1999, in a Yau Ma Tei flat owned by John Fang Meng-sang, the brother of Anson Chan Fang On-sang, the chief secretary at the time.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Path to inquest


Annie Pang and John Fang begin intimate relationship


Pang moves into Wan Chai flat owned by Fang, starts using drugs


Flat's title is transferred to Pang, who sells it for profit of $800,000


Fang arranges for Pang, threatened by loansharks, to move into Sai Kung villa

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Fang cites inquest for mum's death

I did not expect such serious allegations to be put to me, lawyer says, and thanks 'a responsible jury'

Lawyer John Fang Meng-sang yesterday blamed the inquest into the death of his ex-girlfriend, Annie Pang Chor-ying, for the death of his mother.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mortuary workers in mix-up of bodies may be charged

Workers involved in the body mix-up at the Fu Shan Public Mortuary may be prosecuted if it is found they tried to hide the blunder.

The remark was made yesterday by the convenor of a three-member committee appointed by the Department of Health to investigate the incident two weeks ago.

21 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Government urged to help elderly plan own funerals

The elderly should be offered counselling on funeral arrangements and legal procedures in the event of death, a community group says.

The Society for Community Organisation also urged the government to increase the funeral subsidy for welfare recipients, which is capped at $10,310, saying it should adequately cover the costs of a ceremony and renting a funeral hall.

20 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Official brings wreath, apology to family's second funeral

A widow whose family cremated the wrong man after a mortuary mix-up last week held a second funeral yesterday.

A service for Wong Yin-chau, 57, was held at the Fu Shan Public Mortuary in Sha Tin, before the body was transported to Kwai Chung Crematorium.

A senior health official described the blunder as a nightmare.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Widow tells of mortuary ordeal

The wife of a 57-year-old man, whose body was given to the wrong family in a mortuary mix-up, has spoken about her ordeal for the first time in public, accepting her family was partly at fault but heaping most of the blame on the government.

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am