Convicted tycoon Lim Por-yen spoke of the humiliation of being chained by jail guards as he returned to Hong Kong yesterday on $9.6 million bail after 14 months of enforced exile in Taiwan. The 84-year-old tycoon pledged to strengthen the business of his six listed companies which had suffered serious losses during his absence and in the economic slump. He said the first thing he wanted to do was to return to the Lai Sun Group, which has said Lim can retain his top position. Lim also vowed to boost the business of ATV where the permanent honorary chairman was angry at the way he had had to sell some of his shares in the TV station. 'The problems of ATV today make my heart sink. I call on all ATV staff and artists to be united to overcome the difficulties.' Lim was jailed for three years and two months for funnelling $55.68 million in bribe money to a Taiwanese local government through a former aide who has disappeared. Lim said he had instructed his lawyer to lodge an appeal and said he would return to Taiwan to do business. He expressed thanks to Tung Chee-hwa, who asked the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait to urge Taipei to allow the tycoon to return on humanitarian grounds. Lim recalled his life during his week-long detention at a Taipei jail after his arrest on December 16, 1997. 'Twice I had to take a 15-minute walk to the clinic with my hands chained. This was the greatest humiliation of my life.' Lim was later allowed to stay at a hotel where he said he continued to do business everyday by fax and telephones. 'I had a fishburger for lunch every day - this was one thing that didn't change over the past year,' Lim said. 'I am courageous but I must say I'm also a person without patience.' He was greeted at the airport by his wife, Yu Po-chu, eldest son Lam Kin-ming, former ATV staff members and 30 clansmen associations' members. More than 100 journalists swamped the arrival hall where bodyguards took 30 minutes to clear the way to his car.