Liberal Party chief James Tien has offered to donate HK$300,000 (US$38,670) to an internal fundraising being planned by two police associations, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
Any donations from political parties would require approval from the relevant authorities, the report said, citing Tung Yiu-ming, a spokesperson for the Junior Police Officers Association (JPOA).
Police Inspectors Association spokesman Henry Ngo said the police may accept donations as long as these don’t breach the law and internal policies.
The report did not say how the money will be used and for what purpose.
Some academics are concerned any outside donations might undermine the impartiality of the police, the report said.
Tien said his party donated to medical professionals during SARS in 2003 and his offer to the police will not go to a single individual but to the police force as a whole.
A police spokesman said officers must comply with the relevant regulations regarding conflict of interest when receiving benefits of any kind.
Meanwhile, legislator Ann Chiang of the pro-government Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong is offering free legal aid and financial support to seven police officers accused of beating a protester.
Ivan Choy, a political commentator and lecturer in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Chiang’s offer smacks of police bribery.
He questioned the motives behind such donations, saying these could be a gesture to Beijing.
Choy warned officers not to take them or risk being obligated to return the favor in the future.
JPOA had about HK$6 million in membership fees in the 2012 financial year, according to its website.
No information on membership fees is available for the Police Inspectors Association. Reports put its membership at 2,000-strong, with an annual fee of HK$200 (US$25.90).
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