A WITNESS told the Insider Trading Tribunal yesterday she felt 'very bad' on learning her husband was a financial adviser to Public International Investments Ltd (PIIL). Amy Foong Swe Heng said she was unaware that PIIL and JCG Finance, where her husband Leong Kwok Nyem worked, were under the same group of companies when she decided to buy 120,000 PIIL shares on December 2, 1992. 'I considered him [Mr Leong] as a JCG full-time staff, but I thought [they had no dealings] with PIIL at all at the time of my purchase,' she said. Ms Foong, an accountant, said she only learnt that Mr Leong was acting for his boss as a financial adviser to PIIL in April last year. 'The price [of PIIL shares] shot up suddenly [that month]. I thought it was time to let my husband know that I had made such [a] good investment without his advice. He then told me he was acting for his boss [in PIIL].' She reiterated that Mr Leong did not know about the purchase beforehand. It is alleged that Ms Foong and her colleague, Chan Kwan-hop, took part in insider dealing in PIIL shares in December 1992, indirectly funded by Mr Leong. Earlier, the tribunal was told that Mr Leong had once recommended the counter to Ms Foong when she first invested in the stock market in early 1991. Although Ms Foong said the final decision to buy was her own, she did not know about registering the shares for the interim dividend and the stocks were kept in Mr Leong's trading account for six months, the tribunal was told. Referring to Ms Chan's purchases of a total of 224,000 PIIL shares, Ms Foong said she had asked her colleague to keep a close eye on the share price. She said she was not worried about loans of $160,000 to Ms Chan, who was then earning $7,000 a month, because the share price had increased.