Pro-democracy lawmaker Andrew Wan has filed a complaint to a legislative committee accusing pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho of failing to declare two properties. He said there could potentially be a conflict of interest if related issues come up in the legislative council.

An offshore company called Profit Trade Investment Limited, which belongs to Ho’s family, owns 120,000 square feet of farmland next to the embattled Fanling golf course, according to media reports. The course is at the centre of a heated debate between its owner and civil groups calling for it to be developed into flats.

Another company called Lucky Leader Company Limited, which is owned by Profit Trade and Ho’s wife, sold an old “Tong Lau” flat on Nam Cheong Street in Sham Shui Po to Henderson Land Development at HK$19.62 million – four times its estimated value. It was sold at the end of September 2016, the same month Ho was elected as a lawmaker.

Junius Ho.

Wan said on Tuesday that Ho did not declare either property to the Legislative Council and alleged that the circumstances were suspicious. He filed a complaint to the Committee on Members’ Interests.

Wan, who focuses on land issues, said the price for the Sham Shui Po flat was much higher than other transactions in the area.

“Are there any more companies that Junius Ho has not declared? Are there large interests involved?” Wan said. “Why did he fail to declare so many times?”

Wan said Ho may have violated rule 83 of the legislature’s Rules of Procedures on registration of interests.

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He said he hoped the committee will host a meeting to investigate whether there was any conflict of interest with Ho’s work as a legislator.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.