Date
24 August 2017
The ICAC says the level of integrity in Hong Kong is still stable or even somewhat improved. Photo: Bloomberg
The ICAC says the level of integrity in Hong Kong is still stable or even somewhat improved. Photo: Bloomberg

ICAC receives 11% fewer corruption complaints

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog said it received 11 percent fewer corruption complaints from the public last year than the year before, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The decrease followed a drop of more than 30 percent in 2013, the latest figures show.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption received 2,362 complaints last year.

The number of cases in each category fell to levels similar to those in the 1980s.

Complaints against the government decreased to fewer than 700 last year from 809 the year before.

The ICAC said the level of integrity in Hong Kong is still stable or even somewhat improved.

It said a survey of the public last year found only 1.5 out of 10 citizens had come across an incident of corruption over a 12-month period, suggesting corruption was at an extremely low level.

However, Democratic Party chief executive Lam Cheuk-ting, a former ICAC chief investigator, said the decrease in the number of complaints might be the result of a lack of enthusiasm among the public to report corruption after several senior government officials were reported to have been suspected of involvement with corruption, including former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and former ICAC head Timothy Tong Hin-ming.

Despite the fact that the government is considering prosecuting Tsang after a three-year investigation, it will still take a long time before it can restore citizens’ confidence in it, Lam said.

He said it is ridiculous and self-deceiving to think Hong Kong is less corrupt, as many surveys have shown that is not the case.

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