The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) received 18 percent more complaints of corruption from the public last year than in 2014, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
The increase followed decreases of 33 percent in 2013 and 11 percent in 2014, the report said, citing figures from Chow Chung-kong, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Corruption.
In 2015, the ICAC received 2,798 complaints of corruption, compared with 2,363 complaints in 2014.
Pursuable complaints increased by a quarter to 1,950 from 1,561, the results of an annual survey by the ICAC released by Chow at a news conference Tuesday showed.
Of the complaints of corruption, 1,831, or 65 percent, concerned the private sector.
Complaints against government departments accounted for 28 percent, and those against public bodies for 7 percent, Chow said.
The Hong Kong Police Force was the government department most complained against.
The number of complaints against the force rose 9 percent to 221 last year.
Next was the Lands Department, with 59 complaints, a 13 percent increase.
The Hospital Authority topped public bodies with 41 complaints, a 28 percent jump from the previous year.
The number of complaints regarding elections totaled 619, of which 426 involved district council elections.
Chow said graft remained stable and well under control last year.
He said the increase in complaints could be attributed to the ICAC’s continuous publicity campaign in the past year encouraging the public to report corruption.
Asked about the progress of investigations into complaints of corruption against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and former ICAC head Timothy Tong Hin-ming, Maria Tam Wai-chu, who chairs the Operations Review Committee, said only that the ICAC will do its job according to the law, regardless of who the subject of a complaint is.
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