Godber's escape had a profound impact on the life of Gilbert Chan Tak-shing. Now an assistant director in the Operations Department, Mr Chan was an active member of the then anti-corruption student movement. It was during the heyday of the movement that he met his wife and a friend who influenced him so much that Mr Chan chose fighting graft as his career.
At the peak of the movement, Mr Chan was just a freshman at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Recalling what happened then, Mr Chan said, "Anti-corruption banners and newspaper clippings were all over the office of the students' union. Activities related to the anti-corruption cause dominated the
one-week freshmen's orientation camp. Even after the orientation week, anti-graft activities continued to be part of routine campus life with more than a hundred students gathering at lunch break to discuss the corruption problem." These activities lasted until the ICAC was set up in February 1974 and all along, Mr Chan remained a keen supporter of the movement.
Those student movement days obviously had planted the seeds of Mr Chan's mission to be part of Hong Kong's anti-corruption cause. Hence without any second thought, he chose to join the ICAC, instead of the business sector, immediately after he graduated from the Business School of the University.