|Eric Tsang Chi-wai|
There's an interesting but sad piece of Hong Kong gossip today -- Tsang Kai-wing, the father of veteran entertainer Eric Tsang Chi-wai passed away in Taiwan yesterday. He was 94.
However Tsang senior was infamous in his own right -- as he was a member of a gang of corrupt police officers in the 1960s in Hong Kong.
He served in the police force from 1940 to 1972, when he was a sergeant-major. He worked under the legendary "HK$500 million Sergeant" Lui Lok, nicknamed for the wealth he earned in bribes he received during his time on the force. Lui died in Vancouver in May.
Lui was the most notorious of four corrupt staff sergeants at the time who were dubbed the "Four Great Sergeants". The others were Hon Sum, Nan Kong and Ngan Hung.
Tsang was sentenced to three years in jail for corruption in 1975 but fled to Taiwan after filing an appeal. The Independent Commission Against Corruption issued a warrant for his arrest two years later. Isn't that two years too late?
And then finally in 2001 the Department of Justice seized his house on La Salle Road. It was sold for HK$4.35 million at auction in 2005 after 10 years of civil proceedings.
It's interesting to know more about Eric Tsang's background and if his father's actions have motivated him in his current career as actor, comedian, director and game show host.
A vigil for Tsang senior will be held in Hong Kong after February 17, the 15th day of the Lunar New Year.