Corrupt sergeant’s death in Canada leaves loose ends

Danny Mok
21 May 2010

Lui Lok, one of the most corrupt police officers in Hong Kong’s history, died in Canada. He was 90.

Lui Lok, nicknamed “The HK$500 Million Sergeant” for the value of his fortune, died in Canada on May 13, a Canadian edition of the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily reported.

No death notice was published because his family wanted a low key funeral, the report said. His funeral was held in a secluded area in Greater Vancouver and his name was not even on the funeral home’s list.

Lui was born in 1920 and grew up in Cheung Chau. He joined the Hong Kong police in 1940 and was promoted to sergeant in the New Territories in 1956. He later worked on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon.

Lui was the most notorious among four corrupt officers of the same rank at the time – the others were Hon Sum, Nan Kong and Ngan Hung. They were dubbed the “Four Great Sergeants”.

The four de facto commanders of the police foot soldiers in the colonial force carved Hong Kong into mini fiefdoms and amassed riches through their well-honed system of receiving bribes.

Lui used cash to buy several properties citywide worth more than HK$3 million between 1959 and 1968. He even bought a building in Shau Kei Wan Road, which is estimated to be now worth more than HK$100 million.

Lui retired early in 1968 at 48. Five years later, he emigrated to Canada with his wife and eight children as the Independent Commission Against Corruption began to investigate him. He has remained on the ICAC’s most wanted list since 1976.

His assets in Hong Kong were frozen. Fearing extradition, Lui once fled to Taiwan, but later settled in Canada. The government sold the property and some of the proceeds were given to Lui’s family, but it is uncertain how much they received and under what arrangement.

His story resurfaced when Andy Lau Tak-wah starred in a 1991 film series, Lee Rock, based on his life.

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