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Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong's government, regulators and richest man came to the aid of Bank Of East Asia Ltd. after ``malicious rumors'' about its financial stability spurred the city's first bank run in more than a decade.
Financial Secretary John Tsang said the rumors were ``unfounded'' and the bank has enough capital to serve its clients. Joseph Yam, head of Hong Kong's central bank, urged depositors to stay calm and pumped $500 million into the banking system. Li Ka-shing, chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd., bought the stock.