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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. 

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.

Friday, 9 August, 2013, 3:56am

Mak Chai-kwong 'sorry for dragging Tsang King-man down'

Disgraced former development minister Mak Chai-kwong has publicly expressed his regret for involving his "good friend" in the fraudulent housing benefits case.

9 Aug 2013 - 3:56am 1 comment

Old ways in Hong Kong's civil service are unacceptable today

The conviction of two top officials in connection with a housing allowance scam has understandably sent shock waves across the Hong Kong civil service.The fraud dates back to 1985, with the pair applying for subsidy to rent each other's flat while covering up the fact for years that they were the owners.

16 Jul 2013 - 3:37am

Call for amnesty over flat leasing

The ruling in the rental fraud case of former development minister Mak Chai-kwong has brought some measure of reassurance to civil servants who in the past claimed housing allowance while cross-leasing their flats.

25 Jun 2013 - 4:52am

Mak Chai-kwong and Tsang King-man guilty of housing fraud

Former development minister Mak Chai-kwong and assistant highways director Tsang King-man were convicted yesterday of defrauding the government out of HK$700,000 in housing allowances.

In a convoluted arrangement, the men entered into a "bogus" cross-leasing deal whereby they actually owned - or had a financial interest in - the flats they said they were renting.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mak only 'took advantage of grey area', lawyer says

The lawyer representing a former minister accused of defrauding the government has insisted his client was not trying to take unfair advantage of a housing scheme for civil servants.

28 May 2013 - 2:56am

'No rules broken' in cross-lease of flats in Mak case

Former secretary for the civil service Joseph Wong Wing-ping was called by former development minister Mak Chai-kwong to testify in a housing allowance fraud trial involving Mak and assistant highways director Tsang King-man.

8 May 2013 - 7:42am

Mak, Tsang to answer subsidy fraud case

A judge ruled yesterday that former development minister Mak Chai-kwong and assistant highways director Tsang King-man had a case to answer in their housing subsidy fraud trial.

7 May 2013 - 5:40am

No checks done before Mak Chai-kwong got housing subsidy, court hears

Two administrators had approved the housing subsidy applications by former development minister Mak Chai-kwong and assistant highways director Tsang King-man without verifying the property ownerships, the District Court heard yesterday.

4 May 2013 - 5:40am

Ex-minister Mak Chai-kwong's flat buyer says she never met him

Agnes Hai Chui-kuen told the District Court she did not meet Mak and his wife Wong Lai-king all along, from viewing the property to signing the sales and purchase agreement.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am