A TVB video shot in March has surfaced showing pro-Beijing DAB lawmaker Ben Chan Han-pun walking around Yuen Long with his pregnant wife. Previously, Chan had claimed that his wife was staying with a friend in Kowloon at the time due to complications with her condition.

The legislator stands accused of requesting special arrangements to allow his wife to give birth in “a hospital known for its maternity services in the Kowloon West network.” He also allegedly asked for a specific consultant to follow up on his wife’s progress.

Ben Chan Han-pan with wife. Photo: Video screenshot via Apple Daily.

He denied the accusations on Monday and told Apple Daily that “we did whatever the doctor told us and we did not have any special requests.”

Leung Wing-cheong, the consultant doctor who looked after Chan’s wife, told Ming Pao on Monday that she had a placenta problem.

The lawmaker had claimed that his wife stayed at a friend’s apartment in Kowloon, thus allowing her to receive treatment at Yau Ma Tei’s Kwong Wah Hospital, where she later gave birth.

Ben Chan Han-pan. Photo: Apple Daily and Wikicommons.

Responding to the video, he told Apple Daily that his wife appeared in the interview because she, coincidentally, needed to “pick something up” in the New Territories and had accepted the short interview since it was “convenient.”

The lawmaker told the newspaper that his wife’s condition “was verified by the hospital and the doctor.” He added, “I believe that my wife’s condition cannot be judged by those not involved in this incident.”

Chan is the second lawmaker suspected of asking for special treatment after Tam Yiu-chung, the former chairman of the DAB, was allowed to jump the queue and receive special treatment for an ear polyp operation.


Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.