The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) is reviewing the professional qualifications of Dominic Leung Koon-hong, who was convicted of insider dealing last year. HKIS president Samson Wong San said Mr Leung's membership was temporarily suspended on December 21, pending decisions by the institute's disciplinary board and general council. Mr Leung was one of five people found guilty of insider dealing involving the takeover attempt of Hong Kong Worsted Mills by Beijing International Trust and Investment Corp in 1993. An insider-dealing tribunal a year ago ordered him to pay $2.5 million plus 25 per cent of the inquiry's cost. The tribunal found he was party to inside information while acting as an intermediary in the takeover bid. Mr Leung is a chartered surveyor and was a director of Richard Ellis at the time of the offence. He resigned from Richard Ellis in March. Mr Wong said HKIS members were bound by comprehensive rules of conduct. The investigation of Mr Leung was expected to take about two months, after which the institute would make a decision on whether to terminate his membership. A decision to do so would be the first in the institute's history. Termination of HKIS membership would mean he no longer could operate as a registered professional surveyor in Hong Kong, Mr Wong said. The institute had 2,597 members at December 1998.