The deputy president of Polytechnic University yesterday denied allegations of a conflict of interest over his 'previous' involvement in a company awarded a contract to run an experimental learning programme for the institute. An article in Next Magazine this week also points out that Alexander Tzang Hing-chung has been using a Mercedes provided by the company in question, BDG Communications Management. BDG was one of the major shareholders of I-Leap (International), which is in turn a shareholder of I-Leap (HK). In 2002, I-Leap (HK) won the bid to offer the Leadership and Competence for Success Programme for students at the university. The experimental training programme reportedly cost the university nearly $20 million in the past few years. In a statement released by the university yesterday, Mr Tzang said BDG Communications was founded by his family in the 1980s and he was also its director at that time. But he argued that he had reported the matter to Polytechnic when he joined the institute 11 years ago. 'Since then, I have never been involved with the management and operation of BDG. In 1998, I sold the 30 per cent share I had to the company's core members,' he said. Mr Tzang said that when the learning programme contract had been awarded to I-Leap (HK), he had had nothing to do with BDG and furthermore, the decision to award I-Leap the tender had been made by an independent tender committee. BDG had always provided a car for him and his family, he said. Based on mutual agreement, the benefit was set to continue for 15 years after he sold his shares. '[The gesture] is to thank me for my contribution to the company before I left. One of the considerations was that I had never been paid during the period when I served the company,' Mr Tzang's statement said. 'The car is owned by BDG... I also reported the matter to the school when I first joined.'