19 October 2018
ICAC chief Simon Peh has failed to restore public confidence in the anti-graft body, critics say. Photo: HKEJ
ICAC chief Simon Peh has failed to restore public confidence in the anti-graft body, critics say. Photo: HKEJ

Fire dep’t ranks first, ICAC last in disciplinary forces survey

The Fire Services Department (FSD) received the highest rating among the disciplinary forces while the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) slumped to the bottom in the latest survey on people’s satisfaction conducted by the  Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong.

In the survey, which was conducted through random telephone interviews, the FSD received a rating of 83.9 marks, a record high since the annual survey began in 2012, while the ICAC got 63.2 marks, the lowest for the anti-graft body since 2013, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The Government Flying Service ranked second with a satisfaction rating of 77.1, while the Auxiliary Medical Service placed third with 76.6.

The Civil Aid Service was fourth at 72.6, while the Customs and Excise Department was fifth at 71.2.

The Immigration Department was No. 6 at 70.4, followed by the Correctional Services Department at 70.0 and the Police Force at 64.6.

The Immigration Department climbed two rungs from last year’s survey, while the ICAC slipped two positions to the ninth place.

All nine disciplinary forces obtained more than 60 marks in satisfaction ratings, of which six scored above 70.

Legislator Lam Cheuk-ting, a former ICAC investigator who is currently the chief executive of the Democratic Party, said the anti-graft body’s slumping rating in the survey is disheartening, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Lam said the people’s view of ICAC has gone down under the leadership of former commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming.

Simon Peh Yun-lu, the current ICAC commissioner, has also failed to restore public confidence, especially with the controversial reshuffling of senior officers recently, Lam said.

Lam said the ICAC’s poor performance in the POP survey was related to its decision to replace acting head of operations Rebecca Li Bo-lan.

PLA Hong Kong Garrison received a rating of 62.0, up by 1.2 marks from a year ago.

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