Sin Fong Garden contractor planning to sue HKU evaluation team

Macau (MNA) – Companhia de Engenharia e Construção Weng Fok Limitada, the original contractor of the collapsed residential building Sin Fong Garden, is considering to file lawsuits against three Hong Kong professors and a Hong Kong laboratory both in Macau and Hong Kong.

The owner of the Weng Fok company, Ho Weng Cheong, said that he doubted the 2012 report conducted by the three professors and the laboratory, claiming in a recent interview with a Hong Kong magazine that it was invalid.

At the onset of the Sin Fong Garden issue, the three professors from the Hong Kong University and the Hong Kong Castco Laboratory were hired by the Macau SAR Government to investigate and evaluate the safety of the building.

A report then issued by the Hong Kong team later found that an incident on a substandard support pillar was to blame for the collapse.

However, Mr. Ho told media that he have hired other experts from Portugal and Hong Kong to carry out further analysis which highlighted several problems in the report regarding the testing process and the standards used.

Mr. Ho claims the Hong Kong University team did not follow the regulated process on examinations, and that the entire report also lacked the stamp from the Hong Kong Accreditation Services (HKAS).

In addition, as the Hong Kong University team announced the testing results within one day after receiving the sample of the collapsed pillar in 2012, Mr. Ho questioned the validity of the testing.

The company is considering filing a lawsuit in both Macau and Hong Kong courts.

Meanwhile, Arnaldo de Oliveira Sales, the guidance engineer of the Sin Fong Garden, claimed that he had reported his doubts about the report to the judiciary organ in Macau in charing the Hong Kong team as well in an interview with local Chinese newspaper Macau Daily.

On the other hand, Wen Fok and three other contractors were charged by the MSAR Government for compensations linked to Sin Fong Garden. The lawsuit will take place on December 4 and 5, 2019.

The Sin Fong Garden residential complex is under reconstruction and is expected to be completed in 2021.