Centaline founder Shih Wing-ching attacked on way to work

Police are seeking two men who intercepted the property agency boss and smashed his carwindow in Tai Kok Tsui yesterday morning

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 June, 2018, 2:35pm

The outspoken Centaline Property Agency co-founder Shih Wing-ching was attacked in his car while on his way to work yesterday morning, but he escaped without injuries.

Shih, 64, was driving from his Kowloon Tong home to his Centaline office in Central about 10am when two men in a car intercepted him on Chui Yu Road in Tai Kok Tsui.

The pair, each holding a hammer, approached his vehicle and smashed one of its windows, a police source said. Shih managed to reverse his car out of the situation and escaped.

The attackers then fled in their vehicle, which had a fake licence plate. They were seen heading towards Sham Shui Po via Sham Mong Road, police said.

Police yesterday failed to track down the men, who are believed to be in their 30s and were described as being slim-built and about 1.7 metres tall. They had short black hair and were wearing long pants.

Shih said he had no idea who might have been behind the attack. "I don't think I have too much bad blood with people. At most, you can say I said something wrong and made some people angry," he said.

He declined to comment further while the case was being investigated.

The police source said Shih told investigators he had not been involved in any road argument and was also not aware of whether he was being tailed. Police will be deciding whether to provide Shih with personal protection, the source said.

Earlier this month, am 730 - a free Chinese-language daily Shih founded in 2005 - published a controversial column by Shih. It criticised people's "hatred towards the rich" as "harmful to society".

Alan Lo Kok-lun, am 730's editor-in-chief and publisher, said he was unsure about the motivation behind the attack but believed it was not related to the newspaper's content. He added that the daily had never received any threats from readers over its contents.

"Mr Shih himself can't make a guess, so how can I? His businesses are wide-ranging," said Lo. He said the incident would have no effect on the paper's editorial operations.

Centaline Property Agency managing director Louis Chan Wing-kit said he was not aware of the attack against his boss. He said he did not know whether the incident might be linked to the warning letters issued to more than 1,400 agents of the company earlier this month.

The Centaline agents were warned that they risked being fired because they had failed to close enough deals, local media had reported.

Shih also recently voiced his disapproval of the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement in a forum.