Mak Chai-Kwong

Mak Chai-Kwong, born in 1950, began his civil service career in Hong Kong in 1976. He held a series of high-ranking government engineering jobs. Mak was appointed by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as the Secretary for Development in July 2012, but was soon forced to resign when allegation surfaced that he was involved in a housing subsidy fraud more than 20 years ago.  He was formally charged with cheating on government rent allowances in October 2012. 

Mak Chai-kwong. Photo: Sam Tsang

The fall of the minister who lasted just 12 days

Mak Chai-kwong has been sarcastically dubbed "the minister with the shortest lifespan" after his hasty resignation over a housing scandal just 12 days into his appointment last year.

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