Disgraced former pop star Gary Glitter may be released early from his prison term in Vietnam after suffering a suspected heart attack - and the convicted paedophile is considering starting a new life in Hong Kong. The 63-year-old Briton - jailed for three years in 2005 for molesting girls aged 11 and 12 - was last week recovering in a hospital custody unit after collapsing in his prison cell with heart problems a fortnight ago. British embassy officials and prison authorities have since been holding talks over whether Glitter, due for release in August, should be freed early either under a Lunar New Year amnesty or under a sentence reduction on humanitarian grounds. In talks with his Vietnamese lawyer Le Thanh Kinh, Glitter - real name Paul Francis Gadd - has already made it clear he has no wish to return to Britain to live and has asked him about the possibility of starting a new life in Hong Kong. Observers point out that Hong Kong has two particularly appealing elements for a paedophile with a weak heart: world-class public hospitals and no sex offenders' register to track his movements. Although he accepts he must be deported directly to Britain when he is released, Glitter has told Mr Kinh he wants to return to Asia as soon as possible. Glitter began to consider Hong Kong as a place to live after a meeting with British police and a UK child-sex-offences specialist in his prison in Thu Duc 13 months ago. They briefed him on the fact that he would be listed on the UK sex offenders' register. A friend of Mr Kinh said: 'It wasn't a happy encounter. He said afterwards he didn't like the sound of it at all, and it made him determined never to settle back in the UK. 'He doesn't know where he will live if he is released but he has spoken to Mr Kinh about moving to Hong Kong. He told Mr Kinh on one of his visits: 'It's a big city where I can go around without being noticed. But I'll be able to get English food there'.' Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai, executive director of Against Child Abuse, said Glitter's case highlighted the need for a sex-offender register in Hong Kong - an issue she said had 'not received the priority it should have received'. 'I know a lot of people are concerned about the human rights of people in these circumstances - people who have served their sentence and turned a new leaf. They say we shouldn't penalise them again,' she said. 'That stream of argument has been the predominant one here in Hong Kong, blocking the second category of concern which is how do we balance the children and community's safety and protection which we have been very concerned about.' Ms Lui said Hong Kong should have a close but well-monitored register similar to the one in Australia, rather than a more open US register where details of offenders were put on the internet. 'We do think careful monitoring would be in the best interests of children and the community,' she said. The case of Glitter - who lived in Cuba and Cambodia before being arrested for child sex offences in Vietnam - highlighted the need for greater intelligence sharing on offenders between countries and jurisdictions, she said. 'We do have shared information in terms of health care,' Ms Lui said. 'But on issues like child protection, I do think extraterritorial collaboration and co-operation is also important.' With royalties from his 1970s hits and a portfolio of property, Glitter remains wealthy enough to enter Hong Kong under its Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, which requires a bank deposit of HK$6 million. But a spokeswoman for the Immigration Department pointed out his application might not be entirely straightforward. 'Any person who wants to settle under that scheme must have no adverse record either in Hong Kong or in their country or region of residence,' she said.