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DSC employees can heave a sigh of relief now that their boss has been taken into custody.
The wanted Hong Kong couple, Hui Ming-shun, 61, and his wife Lin Wai-yin, 55 were arrested around noon yesterday upon their arrival from Macau.
Police said officers made the arrests at the ferry terminal in Sheung Wan and the pair were taken to the police headquarters in Admiralty in separate vehicles for questioning.
The two remained in police custody last night over their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to defraud.
Hui and his wife left the city a day before the closure of the retailer last Monday, leaving 900 staff jobless and at least 350 without wages.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin Chung earlier said the wages, severance pay and holidays owed to employees totalled about HK$10 million.
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Yesterday afternoon around 30 DSC employees showed up at the department’s Kwun Tong office urging the government to make ex-gratia payments from the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund as soon as possible.
Hui informed the Department through his lawyer that he would not attend a meeting with staff which the department had lined up for both parties to discuss outstanding wages.
In a statement issued shortly before midnight last night, the Labour Department said the process for ex-gratia payments could not be started before the firm’s insolvency was confirmed.
Failure by both parties to reach consensus on the amount of claims would also delay the release of ex-gratia payments as the matter would have to be settled in the Labour Tribunal.
A DSC employee surnamed Ma said that colleagues cheered after learning the Hui couple had been arrested but she is still worried that Hui might have other tactics to avoid paying pages.