A former director of a construction company yesterday applied to block a court order requiring him to pay $21.8 million after his firm failed to complete a building project for the Housing Society. Tang Kar-hung yesterday told the Court of Appeal the society had wrongly terminated the building contract signed with Hing Lee Construction Co. Mr Tang, who represented himself in court, said the company, which has now gone into liquidation, had asked an arbitrator to rule on whether it was fair of the Housing Society to terminate the contract. He told the court it would be unfair if he had to repay the money without knowing the outcome of that hearing. Hing Lee Construction Co entered into a contract with the society to build 1,200 flats on two sites at Kai Tak and Tseung Kwan O. The society offered an advanced payment of $21.8 million to Hing Lee and Mr Tang agreed to act as a guarantor. In March last year, the society terminated the contract with the company. In May this year, Mr Justice James Findlay of the Court of First Instance ordered Mr Tang to repay the money on behalf of Hing Lee. Mr Tang argued it was wrong for Mr Justice Findlay not to extend the time for him to file a defence before making the order. Mr Justice Brian Keith and Mr Justice Arthur Leong Shiu-chung reserved judgment.