Christian Zheng Sheng Association BOD vice-chairman Dr. Rev. Siu Yu-fat arrested for alleged consumer law violation

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Dr. Rev. Siu Yu-fat

10th July 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department has arrested a 66-year-old male director of a rehabilitation organisation on the outlying islands, alleging violations of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. According to reports, the arrested individual is Dr. Rev. Siu Yu-fat, the vice-chairman of the board of directors for the Christian Zheng Sheng Association.

The case is linked to the Christian Zheng Sheng College, a rehabilitation institution operated by the association. Siu, who is also a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance church, has earned a reputation as a “rehab pastor” and “gambling addiction pastor” for his work in helping individuals overcome various addictions through the Gospel.

Investigations reveal that Siu joined the board of directors just months ago, amidst a major reshuffle within the organisation. The Christian Zheng Sheng Association has been embroiled in a scandal since earlier this year, with allegations of fraud and the misappropriation of millions of dollars to overseas accounts. Several key figures, including the association’s founder and the principal of the college, have been arrested or are subject to arrest warrants.

According to the Customs and Excise Department, the latest arrest is related to alleged false and misleading claims made by the institution regarding its two-year training programme. Specifically, the institution is accused of claiming that the fees paid for textbooks could be refunded later, and that the accommodation deposits paid by parents would be returned upon completion of the programme. However, the institution allegedly failed to provide the promised refunds after suspending its training services earlier this month.

The Customs and Excise Department stated that the textbook fees involved were approximately HK$7,495, and the accommodation deposits were around HK$8,000. The arrested director has been released on bail, and the authorities are continuing their investigation, indicating the possibility of more arrests.

This development has further shaken the reputation of the Christian Zheng Sheng Association, which has faced accusations of shielding absconding individuals and refusing to recover over HK$50 million in misappropriated funds. The government has strongly criticised the new board of directors for their perceived inaction and complicity in these matters.