Four months after being arrested for alleged welfare fraud, egg waffle vendor Ng Yuk-fai has been left hanging - still on bail but still not charged. Ng, 74, has been receiving welfare since his arrest but says it is barely enough to keep his family alive. 'I don't dare start working while I'm on bail,' Ng said, even though he said his family was in dire straits because he had no extra income. He said he had been forced to sell egg waffles before being arrested because the amount of welfare he received was not enough to feed his family of five. After paying for rent, electricity, water and his children's education and travelling expenses, Ng now has just over HK$5,000 a month to feed his family. 'I eat two meals a day, my wife one,' he said. 'We can eat less but we must make sure the kids have enough. My son is just going through a growth spurt and I want to make sure he has enough.' Ng first caught the media's attention in April when a public outcry greeted his repeated arrests by hawker control officers in Tai Hang. He drew more attention when police arrested him for allegedly receiving welfare and not declaring the money he was earning selling egg waffles on the side. At the height of the media frenzy, Ng was chased around by paparazzi on motorcycles. He recounted how a newspaper reporter on a motorcycle had knocked on the window of the taxi he had jumped into in a bid to flee from the media scrum. 'I was scared stiff,' Ng said. He said if he had known things would get so chaotic he would have stayed at home all the time. Bobo Yip Bo-lam, an officer with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, who is helping Ng, said times had been tough for Ng and his family as they relied on welfare to live. Ng's daughter had taken a part-time job to help with the family's expenses and her income had been reported to the welfare department. 'Not knowing the outcome of the situation has made it hard for us to plan ahead - how to help Ng if he is charged or how to help ease his financial plight as soon as possible if he's not,' Yip said. Ng said he wanted to start working as soon as possible and would report any income he had to the department from now on. Police said Ng would be on bail until October. The probe was continuing and it was not possible to say if he would eventually be charged.