ACCOUNTANT Amy Foong Swe Heng said yesterday that her husband, Leong Kwok Nyem, had recommended Public International Investment (PIIL) shares to her when she decided to invest in the stock market in 1991. However, since then she had seldom discussed her investment or particular counters with Mr Leong. Testifying before the Insider Trading Tribunal, Mrs Foong said she did not like people to tell her what to do. 'Thus, he [Mr Leong] never told me [anything about share trading] and I never asked,' she said, although she used Mr Leong's trading account to buy shares for six months. It is the tribunal's case that Mrs Foong started to trade in PIIL in September 1991 when she bought 48,000 shares. 'In September 1991, I decided to invest in the stock market with some savings and told him [Mr Leong] about that,' she said. 'He [then] recommended the stock to me. He said the price was low and it [the counter] was actually recommended by some brokers.' Mrs Foong said she came to Hong Kong from Malaysia in October 1990 and was not familar with Hong Kong stocks at the time. She could only remember PIIL when she wanted to make a further purchase in March 1992 and bought 40,000 PIIL shares. She reiterated that she did not know PIIL and JCG group, where Mr Leong worked, were under the same umbrella of companies at the time of purchase nor whether Mr Leong had traded in the counter. The tribunal was told that Mrs Foong opened her own trading account and sold the 88,000 PIIL shares in April 1992. In December, Mrs Foong bought another 120,000 PIIL shares. She said the buy decision was made instinctively after overhearing that 'something might be going on' in the counter. She said it was she, rather than Mr Leong, who loaned $160,000 to her colleague, Chan Kwan-hop, to trade in shares. It is alleged that the couple and Ms Chan were engaged in insider dealing in the stock and Mr Leong was the financial backer.