Top public engineer Chan Kau-tai in court on 15 counts of accepting payoffs The father of singer and movie star Eason Chan Yick-shun appeared in court yesterday on charges of accepting $3.36 million in bribes. Chan Kau-tai, 57, chief building services engineer of the Housing Department, has pleaded not guilty to 15 charges of accepting an advantage as a public servant and one of misconduct in public office. The bribes were allegedly received from contractors and material suppliers doing business with the Housing Authority and Housing Department between April 1, 1999 and August 2, 2001. 'What we are saying is that he is an extremely corrupt public servant,' prosecutor John McNamara told the Court of First Instance jury in outlining the prosecution's case. Mr McNamara said that in July 2001, Chan accepted $200,000 in bribes from a friend, Kwok Shu-wah, for helping Mr Kwok's son, William Kwok Wai-yuen, apply for a job as an engineer with the Civil Engineering Department. Chan allegedly approached the director of civil engineering, falsely telling him that William Kwok was a relative and asked him to help secure the job for him. Despite William Kwok's 'terrible' performance in an interview, the director agreed to recruit him for the post. Mr McNamara told the jury that Chan also accepted more than $3 million in bribes from various building contractors and material suppliers for showing favour to them or assisting their business transactions with the Housing Authority and Housing Department. Between April 1999 and August 2001, Chan allegedly received $1.93 million from contractors Lai Sai-sang, director of Yew Sang Hong, and his elder brother, Lai Yun-sang, director of Hing Yip Electrical Engineering and Suppliers. Between April and July 2001, Chan also allegedly exerted improper influence on a Housing Authority project manager to impose a less stringent water test on air-conditioners installed in a building project and disclosed confidential information to a materials supplier. Mr McNamara said video footage showing Chan counting money he received as bribes filmed in his Housing Department office would be played to the court. The trial continues today before Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee.