18 Aug '11, 9am

Hit show turns Hong Kong's richest into poorest (via ST iPhone App)

Hit show turns Hong Kong's richest into poorest (via ST iPhone App)

Michael Tien, a participant in television series 'The Battle of the Poor Rich'. -- PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG (AFP) - Top jewellery executive Erwin Huang is a respected power broker in Hong Kong's business community, but he scored a failing grade when it came to rubbish collection. The 46-year-old got a hard lesson in low-paid work as part of a hit television show that turns some of the financial hub's wealthiest business titans into its poorest labourers for a few days - sparking a ratings bonanza. Donning a mask, apron and rubber gloves, Mr Huang nearly passed out from the rotting stench of rubbish he was tasked with dumping, and threatened to quit his temporary job after just a few hours. 'It's very stinky... I need some fresh air. I can't take it anymore,' Mr Huang, who received about US$6 dollars a day, complained to his unimpressed supervisor. 'Look at my hands, they are s...

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