Rafael Hui

Rafael Hui Si-yan (born 8 February 1948) is a former Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong and career civil servant. Hui has been dubbed "Old Master Hui" (許老爺) and "Fat Dragon" (肥龍).[6] 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 and sentenced to imprisonment for misconduct in public office and bribery, and then stripped of the honour in March 2018. He was released in December 2019.[7]

Rafael Hui
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 byDonald Tsang
Preceded byMichael Suen (Acting)
Succeeded byHenry Tang
Secretary for Financial Services
In office
4 September 1995  31 May 2000
Appointed byChris Patten
Tung Chee-hwa
Preceded byMichael David Cartland
Succeeded byStephen Ip
Personal details
Hui Si-yan

(1948-02-08) 8 February 1948
British Hong Kong
Alma materQueen's College, Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong (BA in English)
Harvard University (MPA)
AwardsJustice of the peace (named 2001,[1] revoked 2018[2])
Gold Bauhinia Star (awarded 1998,[3] revoked 2018[4])
Grand Bauhinia Medal (awarded 2007,[5] revoked 2018[4])
Rafael Hui
Traditional Chinese許仕仁
Simplified Chinese许仕仁

Early life

Hui was born on 8 February 1948 in Hong Kong. His father is an indigenous inhabitant from Tai O, Lantau Island.


Hui attended Queen's College and the University of Hong Kong (BA, 1970).


Government service

Hui 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 on the Executive Council of Hong Kong as an unofficial member from 2007 to 2009.[8]

Arrest and conviction

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,[9] as well as their company Sun Hung Kai Properties.[10]

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 bribes of 11.182 million Hong Kong dollars.[10] Hui was held at Stanley Prison and his appeals to the Court of Appeal and Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal were dismissed.[11]

As a result, his Grand Bauhinia Medal and Gold Bauhinia Star honours were removed, and his Justice of the Peace appointment was revoked by the government in March 2018.[4][2]

Hui was released early in December 2019, after serving five years of his term, due to good behavior as an inmate.[7]

See also

  • List of graduates of University of Hong Kong


  1. "Justices of the Peace". Justices of the Peace. Government of Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 5 June 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. "Justices of the Peace Ordinance (Chapter 510)--Revocation of Appointment of Justices of the Peace" (PDF). Hong Kong Government Gazette. 22 (9). 2 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. "1998 Honours List". Hong Kong Information Services Department. 1 July 1998. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. "Removal of Honours" (PDF). Hong Kong Government Gazette. 22 (9). 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  5. "2007 Honours List". Hong Kong Information Services Department. 1 July 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  6. Lee (July 2005). http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/news/art/20050708/5033817. Apple Media.
  7. "Ex-Hong Kong No 2 official freed after serving five years for bribery, misconduct". South China Morning Post. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  8. "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.
  9. Wong, Kelvin – Bloomberg News (30 March 2012). Sun Hung Kai Loses $5.8 Billion on Billionaire Kwoks' Arrest. San Francisco Chronicle.
  10. "Review: The verdicts are out in explosive graft trial of Hui, Kwoks". South China Morning Post. Hong Kong. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Count one......Prosecution alleged Hui failed to disclose acceptance of a HK$2.4 million unsecured loan; rent free use of two luxury units and his negotiation of consultancy agreement with Sun Hung Kai Properties while he was managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority......
  11. Decision of the Court of Final Appeal in June 2017
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