The prison authority is far more humane than you might think and seems ready to provide Chinese medicine if a prisoner so desires, that is at least if you are one-time kingpin Yip Kai-foon (pictured). Paralysed from the waist down after being shot by police in 1996 and suffering from chronic pain, Yip was recently attended to by several Chinese medical practitioners in his Stanley prison cell, according to a news report. A Correctional Services Department spokeswoman refused to give details about the case, citing privacy rights. But she said in a statement: 'All inmates are treated equally. No one enjoys any special privilege.' Yip has reportedly tried different western medicines without success. After fighting for years with the authorities over his right to be treated with traditional Chinese medicine, the department finally relented. Once the most feared violent robber of the 1980s and 90s, who terrorised Hong Kong with his pioneering use of AK-47 assault rifles, Yip has been reduced to fighting the prison authority in recent years. Perhaps as a term of endearment, prison officers have taken to calling him Foon-foon. Most notably, he scored a success in demanding the right to watch more TV. Unfortunately, he was only allowed to watch a cooking and home-making programme in the late afternoon. The programme often offers tips on traditional Chinese medicine. Perhaps that was where he picked up his medical cues.