A former chief executive of the stock exchange has had his Jockey Club membership suspended for a year, reportedly after a dispute with a property tycoon heir. All membership rights of Kwong Ki-chi were suspended for 12 months from December 12, the club said in a strongly worded notice posted at its Happy Valley Clubhouse on Shan Kwong Road. 'During the period in which the member's rights are suspended he also cannot enter the club's areas as a guest of other members,' the notice reads. Kwong is one of about 200 voting members of the 20,000-strong club who have the power to recommend new members. The club would not confirm media reports published yesterday that said Kwong had a difference of opinion with Lau Ming-wai, vice-chairman of Chinese Estates Holdings and eldest son of the company's chairman Joseph Lau Luen-hung, when they were using the swimming pool at the clubhouse in June. The reports said Kwong was absent from a disciplinary committee hearing held afterwards. A spokeswoman for the club said its disciplinary committee met before the notice was issued, but declined to comment further. 'In view of privacy concerns, the club will not disclose any information regarding this case or the individual in question,' she said. 'All club members are obliged to observe the rules of the club. Penalties are imposed according to established procedures and such authority is delegated to the disciplinary committee.' It is understood that Kwong is barred from all club areas apart from the public venues at the two racecourses, in Happy Valley and Sha Tin. The younger Lau could not be reached for comment yesterday. He has been a supporter of chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, flanking him at most campaigning events. But he was absent during Tang's visit to the Brands and Products Expo at Victoria Park yesterday. Kwong was a high-flyer in the civil service, last serving as secretary for information technology and broadcasting, before he joined Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing in 2000. In 2006, he was tipped as a candidate for the Jockey Club chief executive post, which later went to Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.