74-year-old public housing resident in HK reveals owning Mainland property and keeping a mistress while collecting over a million in pension

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18th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) In a recent viral video, a 74-year-old Hong Kong resident, known only as Mr. Kwok, has stirred public debate and scrutiny. Filmed by a mainland Chinese internet celebrity on the streets of Sham Shui Po, Mr. Kwok openly discussed his comfortable lifestyle that starkly contrasts with the typical image of public housing tenants. His candid revelations have led to widespread discussions about the abuse of public housing policies in Hong Kong.

Mr. Kwok, a retired civil servant, resides in a 350 square-foot public housing unit at Lok Fu Estate with his wife and daughter, paying a modest rent of HK$2,700 per month. Despite his humble abode, Mr. Kwok disclosed that his retirement benefits and other allowances sum up to more than HK$13,000 per month. Additionally, he shockingly admitted to owning property in Jiangmen, mainland China, and supporting a second wife, or “mistress,” there—an arrangement that he nonchalantly describes as his way of enjoying life to the fullest.

The video has sparked a heated online debate, with many netizens condemning Mr. Kwok’s actions as a blatant misuse of public resources. Critics argue that such behaviour prevents genuine needy families from accessing public housing, given the long wait times and stringent eligibility criteria. Internet users have called for immediate action, suggesting that properties like Mr. Kwok’s should be reclaimed by the authorities.

Conversely, some commenters suggest a more philosophical approach, questioning whether envy should cloud the judgement of an individual’s lifestyle choices. However, the predominant sentiment remains one of frustration towards perceived injustices in the public housing system.

Hong Kong’s Housing Department mandates all public housing tenants to truthfully declare their assets, including any overseas properties. Those found in possession of significant undeclared assets, especially properties, are required to vacate their public housing units. Furthermore, official entities in mainland China assist Hong Kong authorities in verifying such properties. Should discrepancies or violations be discovered, tenants face severe penalties including eviction and potential legal action.

According to current regulations, for a family of three living in public housing, the income cap is set at HK$123,700 per month, with an asset limit of HK$2.48 million. Exceeding these limits not only leads to increased rent but also mandatory relocation.