A TRUCK driver who lost his job when Kin Son Electronic folded claims he lent his life savings of $149,000 to the chairman. Chu Shing-ming, 50, was part of a group of staff seeking compensation from the Labour Department at San Po Kong yesterday. But he was still hopeful So Kin-keung - who went missing in Shenzhen last month - would repay the loan if he was still alive. Mr Chu, who made $16,000 a month as a cross-border truck driver, said he was asked by Mr So in the last week of May for loans on two occasions. He claimed Mr So had told him the company was short of cash and needed help. Mr Chu was paid $8,000 two days ago. The management told him and his colleagues to file claims with the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund from the Labour Department. About 30 more staff from Kin Son will file claims at the department today. Mr Chu said his generosity was out of a sense of guilt after a truck and its load of electronic parts under his guard were stolen in Sheung Shui on May 25. 'I felt very guilty for causing the troubles to the company. The boss told me he did not have any money to replace the loss. 'I thought I should take responsibility. 'So I took my money to the warehouse supervisor who . . . passed the cash to the boss,' he said. 'If he has a heart, I hope he will repay my money.'