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  • Dec 28, 2014
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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. Photo: Sam Tsang

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'

Former development chief Mak Chai-kwong picked and chose questions from the press as he left the District Court in Wan Chai after his sentencing yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Mak Chai-kwong, former development secretary. Photo: SCMP

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

Mak Chai-kwong. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Former development secretary Mak Chai-kwong arrives at District Court on Monday. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Joseph Wong Wing-ping

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

Former development minister Mak Chai-kwong arrives for the ruling at the District Court in Wan Chai yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Luk Ming

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

Mak Chai-kwong. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

Tsang 'unable to find' legal document for flat swap

Former development secretary Mak Chai-kwong arrives at the District Court in Wan Chai to face fraud charges. Photo: Dickson Lee

Assistant highways director Tsang King-man prepared a declaration of trust to protect the interests of former development minister Mak Chai-kwong in a flat swap the two undertook, a court heard yesterday.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Former minister Mak Chai-kwong denies he deceived

Former development minister Mak Chai-kwong arrives at court last week. Photo: Nora Tam

Former development minister Mak Chai-kwong denied allegations that he had made a premeditated arrangement with assistant highways director Tsang King-man to cross-lease their flats in which they had a financial interest, a court heard yesterday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Sister tells of accused's role in flat rental

Tsang Wai-wah leaves District Court in Wan Chai. Photo: Nora Tam

Assistant highways director Tsang King-man handled the proceedings when his sister rented a North Point flat that is now at the centre of a trial over housing fraud involving former development minister Mak Chai-kwong, a court heard yesterday.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:36am

Former tenant disputes apartment swap claim

Former tenant disputes apartment swap claim

A former tenant of a North Point flat rejected a claim by former development minister Mak Chai-kwong and assistant highways director Tsang King-man that they swapped ownership of their flats in 1990.

25 Apr 2013 - 4:04am

Rent for Mak's flat met with approval

Mak Chai-kwong arrives at court yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The monthly rent of a flat at the centre of a fraud case involving former development minister Mak Chai-kwong and assistant highways director Tsang King-man was approved by the Rating and Valuation Department, a court heard yesterday.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

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