Tuesday, June 9, 2009



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  1. Greg says:

    HONG KONG - A HIGH-PROFILE court battle over the huge estate of late Hong Kong tycoon Nina Wang has lifted the lid on the city's obsession with the ancient Chinese energy system of feng shui.

    From burning money to digging feng shui holes, the case has highlighted the superstitions many in the city are drawn to as they search for success, wealth and happiness.

    And while the system is often seen in the West as simply a quirky way of arranging furniture, it is taken very seriously here.

    At the centre of the High Court case is so-called feng shui master Tony Chan, a former bartender whose permanent grin has filled the city's newspapers for weeks.

    Mr Chan, who says he was Ms Wang's lover as well as her feng shui adviser, is laying claim to the eccentric tycoon's US$13 billion (S$18.8 billion) fortune. Chinachem Charitable Foundation, controlled by Ms Wang's siblings, says the will giving Mr Chan the money is a fake.

    Lawyers for Chinachem argued Mr Chan took advantage of Ms Wang's declining health and seduced her with promises he could use feng shui to get rid of the cancer that would kill her in 2007.

    They also claimed that Mr Chan had told Ms Wang he could help bring back her kidnapped husband, Teddy, by digging holes on the grounds of her properties and filling them with engraved jade pieces. Her husband has never been found since he was kidnapped for a second time in 1990. He was declared legally dead nine years later.

    During his week-long stint on the stand, Mr Chan's credentials have been undermined. As a result, the entire practice of feng shui is in the dock.

    Mr Chan was able to convince high-powered clients, including politicians and businessmen, to pay him huge sums for advice. Ms Wang herself gave him three tranches of HK$688 million shortly before she died.

    Mr Chan has been pummelled on the stand, conceding that he did not know how to perform some feng shui rituals properly. His advice to clients to burn banknotes to improve their luck originated from his late father - a retired schoolteacher who, he said, could have given him the idea as a joke.

    Nina Wang (龔如心), also known as Little Sweet Sweet, the owner of Chinachem Group (Huamao), was the richest woman in Asia. Her net worth, was reported at over $40 billion HKD at the time of her death in 2007. Her husband, Teddy Wang, started the company. He was kidnaped twice. Never found again after the second kidnap. She ran the company in her husband's absence and made Chinachem Group one of the most profitable business in Hong Kong. The case being contested now involves her lover - Tony Chan, a self proclaimed Feng Shui master, who produced a will proclaiming that she had left him all of her possession. The contestant - The Chinachem Charity Foundation claimed that she had always intended to leave everything to charity after her death. The case is really colorful, and hilarious at times. His wife (yes, he's married with kid) was asked whether she knew her husband had an affair with someone else, her answer was "I don't care". Her answer was "I don't care" as well when asked about why his husband had such a large sum of money. But she also said she doesn't mind spending the money. Sigh, hurray for wives, I guess. Any way, the poem's title of "wind-water duck" and the content may now be a bit more self explanatory. Enjoy!