Allegations are 'unfounded'
I REFER to the article by Louis Ng headlined, ''ICAC urged to probe Buildings Department'' (South China Morning Post, November 24), and wish to draw your attention to the press release issued on November 22, to refute allegations of corruption against theBuildings Department.
For the benefit of your reader, may I repeat here the contents of the press statement which was not referred to in the above-mentioned article. It reads: ''In response to media inquiries, a spokesman for the Buildings Department today (Monday) dismissed as 'completely unfounded' allegations that opportunities for corruption and malpractice within the procedures for processing new development were being ignored.
''He explained that the department had always worked very closely with the Corruption Prevention Department of the ICAC and invariably incorporated their recommendations within its procedures. This co-operation had even been stepped up in recent years.
''He added that the handling of applications for approval, consent and occupation permits were all regulated by tight statutory procedures.
''If any person had any specific information concerning a particular case where they suspected malpractice, then he should report the facts to the Director of Buildings or the ICAC, the spokesman said.'' RAYMOND CHIU for Director of Buildings