From zero to hero – this pretty much describes the story of Matthew Lui Yue-chun, who went from being a gang member to a respected public figure. Known as “Zero Boy”, Lui scored zilch in his first attempt at the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE). It became a defining moment for him. Today, he holds two master’s degrees and a PhD. He works as a financial planner for AIA Hong Kong and part-time as a principal and teacher at an education centre.
How did you become Zero Boy?
I came from a broken family. My father was a drug addict and I grew up in a public housing estate, living off social welfare. With this kind of start, I told myself I had every excuse to do poorly at school. I was a triad member in secondary school and was expelled on a number of occasions. My record was so bad that I had a hard time finding a