A descendant of one of Hong Kong's oldest families - which was awarded a $300 million payout - is taking a district officer to court for allegedly disregarding Chinese law and custom. Indigenous villager To Kin-wah, 38, claimed the decision of Tuen Mun district officer Lam Kwok-keung to approve the appointment of three clansmen as managers of the Tsing Wan Kun religious body was 'irrational'. The Tsing Wan Kun, which runs a Taoist temple of the same name at Castle Peak in the New Territories, was awarded $300 million in December 2000 after a five-year legal battle with the Government. The money was compensation for the Government taking back of New Territories land. The Tsing Wan Kun is made up of men from the To clan and its associated business group, the To Ka Yi Tso, living in five villages in Tuen Mun. It also has an undisclosed amount of assets, including land which is either registered in its name or held in trust for the temple. On January 2 this year, Mr Lam approved the appointment of To Kam-chau, To Fook-tim and To Kan-chi as managers of the Tsing Wan Kun with immediate effect, filling the vacancy left by the ex-manager's death. However, To Kin-wah claimed the approval was in 'clear disregard' of Chinese law and custom, and the custom of the To clan and Tsing Wan Kun, which requires unanimous consent. Forty-three of the current 449 members of the Tsing Wan Kun attended a meeting on August 12 last year when 40 of them supported the appointment. To Kin-wah, who did not attend, objected to the appointment and his lawyers filed a writ in the High Court on Tuesday, seeking leave for a judicial review of Mr Lam's decision. Mr Lam was accused of erring in approving the appointment 'on the ostensible basis that [it was] supported by a majority of members' of the Tsing Wan Kun, when less than one-tenth were present. To Kin-wah is asking for Mr Lam's approval to be quashed and for an injunction to restrain the appointed trio from acting as managers, especially in dealing with the Tsing Wan Kun's assets. 'Appointments of managers are decisions which have a significant bearing upon the disposition of and dealing with land held in the name of [the Tsing Wan Kun]', the writ says.