Two PCCW minority shareholders yesterday told the Court of Appeal that they had received unfair treatment when attempting to vote in the privatisation of the telecommunications company. The court, which is hearing a Securities and Futures Commission appeal against the approval of PCCW's HK$15.93 billion buyout deal, was told by senior counsel Daniel Fung Wah-kin, for the two shareholders, that share splitting that allowed votes to be cast in favour of the deal was unfair to other minority shareholders. The two minority shareholders, Chan Pang-ching and Tam Yuk-kuen, were also allowed to give their testimony yesterday. Mr Chan said he was confirmed in the share registry as eligible to attend the PCCW shareholder meeting on February 4 and vote. However, he did not cast his vote because of the chaotic conditions at the meeting. 'I could not vote and a representative at the share registry expressed his regret to me that day,' Mr Chan told the court yesterday. 'My legal voting rights could not be exercised. But some organising parties used their professional knowledge to split the headcounts to influence the results, which was unfair to those who voted against it,' Mr Chan said. He said the court should consider the motive behind share splitting and the court should grant an order that the vote be cast again. Ms Tam disclosed that several brokers and banks had prevented small shareholders from transferring their holdings in PCCW from their nominees to their own names. 'The scheme document issued by PCCW did not remind shareholders to transfer shares to their own names,' Ms Tam said. 'As a result many minority shareholders could not attend the meeting to cast their votes.'