Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Is HK Becoming More Corrupt?

Are Hong Kong's corrupt-free days numbered?
We are not surprised to find Hong Kong people's perception of the city being corrupt-free has dropped to a 15-year low.

This is according to a University of Hong Kong public opinion program survey that showed the corruption index fell to 6.37 points out of a possible 10, from 6.68 in February, with 1,027 people interviewed from July 30 to August 1.

Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu says there have been many conflict-of-interest cases, in particular former ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming who spent taxpayer money on lavish dinners, booze and gifts.

There is also the recent case of Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po and his political assistant Henry Ho Kin-chung found to have owned land that the government plans to develop in the New Territories.

Sidney Chau Foo-cheong (right) was fired from his airport job
May we also add head of security at Hong Kong International Airport Sidney Chau Foo-cheong, who was alleged to have reaped some HK$760,000 ($97,982) in overtime pay from 2008 to February this year. He was dismissed from his HK$147,000-a-month job today.

What is going on?

Are we becoming more vigilant, or do people in positions of authority think they can get away with stealing a bit here and there, or believe that they are above the law?

Hong Kong probably hit its low point when Tong, the former head of the graft-busting agency was revealed to have spent HK$724,000 on alcohol, more than triple the HK$220,000 he first reported to Legco.

Bizarrely HK$50,000 was also spent on cookies. What was he, Cookie Monster? And an alcoholic? Of the 1,000 bottles he bought, 41 are left.

Former ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming
In the cases of Tong and Chau, they had damn good salaries most locals could only dream of having, but it looks like that wasn't enough. Was it because they liked the thrill of cheating the system or they thought they would never get caught?

We are just thankful there are whistle blowers out there and the media (in particular Apple Daily) that are keeping politicians and government bodies accountable.

Otherwise what is the point of living in Hong Kong anymore when its rule of law is thrown by the wayside? Then we might as well be like any other Chinese city on the mainland!


  1. is it the point that the CCP want to mainland-ized Hong Kong (aka turning HK into just another mainland city)?

    you aware the alpinis lam incidents where she (the teacher) cursed the cops for siding with pro-CCP groups denouncing the Falun Gong. Verbal and physical threatens (includes death wreaths for ms. lam) made by pro-CCP groups. now an almost retired superintendent of police sides with pro-CCP groups to denounce ms. lam and Falun Gong and claimed his acts are not political.

    1. Hi nulle

      Yeah it looks like your first point may be true... whatever happened to 50 years of no change?

  2. to answer your question, a joke, a lie, a broken promise, etc.

    50 years of no change? what a joke?

    50 days (or 50 months) after the handover HK is already worse than before the handover...

    you seriously need to read more

    1. Hi nulle

      I was here in 1997 and I saw the changes after the handover... actions speak louder than words...