Rafael Hui

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Rafael HUI Si-yan
Rafael Hui Si-yan.JPG
Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
In office
1 July 2007 – 20 January 2009
Chief Secretary for Administration
In office
30 June 2005 – 30 June 2007
Appointed by Donald Tsang
Preceded by Michael Suen
Succeeded by Henry Tang
Secretary for Financial Services
In office
4 September 1995 – 31 May 2000
Appointed by Chris Patten
Tung Chee-hwa
Preceded by Michael David Cartland
Succeeded by Stephen Ip
Personal details
Born (1948-02-08) 8 February 1948 (age 69)
Hong Kong
Alma mater Queen's College, Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong (BA in English)
Harvard University (MPA)
Rafael Hui
Traditional Chinese 許仕仁
Simplified Chinese 许仕仁

Rafael HUI Si-yan, GBM GBS JP (born 1948) is a former Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong and had a career as a civil servant. Hui has been dubbed "Old Master Hui" (許老爺) and "Fat Dragon" (肥龍).[1] Hui was appointed as a Justice of the Peace on 1986 and received the honour of Gold Bauhinia Star in 1998. On 19 December 2014, he was convicted by a jury in Hong Kong on charges of misconduct in public office and bribery.

Early life[edit]

Hui was born on 8 February 1948 in Hong Kong. He attended Queen's College and the University of Hong Kong (BA, 1970).

Government service[edit]

He joined the civil service of Hong Kong in 1970 and became an administrative officer (AO). During the early years of his career, he held appointments in numerous branches and departments. He was seconded to the Independent Commission Against Corruption from 1977 to 1979. From 1982 to 1983, he attended an overseas training programme at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government for his MPA.

Afterwards, he became Deputy Secretary-General in the former The Office of the Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils (UMELCO) from 1985 to 1986, Deputy Secretary for Economic Services from 1986 to 1990 (under Anson Chan), Deputy Secretary for Works from 1990 to 1991, when he was appointed Director, New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office. He took up the post of Commissioner for Transport from 1992 to 1995.

In 1995, he was appointed to the post of Secretary for Financial Services. In June 2000, he resigned from the civil service and he assumed the post of managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority.

In 2002, Hui was elected a steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Hui also served as the Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and Chairman of its Programme Committee from 2001. In 2004, he became the Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Ltd. and a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd. He resigned all these posts when he assumed office as the Chief Secretary for Administration.

In 2005, Hui was appointed by the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China, on the nomination of Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, to the Chief Secretary for Administration. After retiring from the Chief Secretary for Administration, he served in the Executive Council of Hong Kong as an unofficial member from 2007 to 2009.[2]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

On 29 March 2012, Hui was arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption on suspicion of corruption involving property magnates Thomas and Raymond Kwok of Hong Kong's third richest family.[3]

On 19 December 2014, Hui was convicted of five counts of misconduct in public office after a 128-day jury trial in Hong Kong. He was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison and ordered to return bribery money of 11.182 million Hong Kong dollars.[4] Hui is currently held at Stanley Prison. His appeals to the Court of Appeal and Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal were dismissed.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee (July 2005). http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20050708/5033817. Apple Media.
  2. ^ "Outgoing CS Rafael Hui to join ExCo". news.gov.hk. 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 10 September 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Wong, Kelvin – Bloomberg News (30 March 2012). Sun Hung Kai Loses $5.8 Billion on Billionaire Kwoks' Arrest. San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ Rafael Hui guilty of five counts of misconduct and bribery; Thomas Kwok guilty of conspiracy
  5. ^ Decision of the Court of Final Appeal in June 2017
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael David Cartland
Secretary for Financial Services
Succeeded by
Stephen Ip
Preceded by
Michael Suen
Chief Secretary for Administration
Succeeded by
Henry Tang
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Rita Fan
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
David Li
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal