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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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