Cheng admits 'confusion' over client conflicts

HONG KONG: Former Democratic Alliance political party government legislator Gary Cheng has been forced to close his two PR agencies over a corruption scandal. Cheng has denied a conflict of interest but admitted he was 'confused' over the issue of client conflict.

HONG KONG: Former Democratic Alliance political party government legislator Gary Cheng has been forced to close his two PR agencies over a corruption scandal. Cheng has denied a conflict of interest but admitted he was 'confused' over the issue of client conflict.

Cheng will close Gary Cheng Kainam's PR Consultants and Asia Ford Consultants later this year after admitting to passing confidential government documents to business contacts while serving in the government.

He said the purpose of running two agencies was to avoid the issue of client conflict but that he had become confused over which agency was handling individual accounts.

'We intended to streamline the jobs but they covered the same accounts.

Even I was confused,' he said.

Cheng denied allegations that he used his government position to assist his clients. 'Every time we opened a new account we informed clients of our principles,' said Cheng.

The allegations are under investigation by the disciplinary committee of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong of which he is vice-chairman.

Edited by Holly Williams.



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