Building maintenance industry vulnerable to graft: ICAC chief
Forty per cent of the 2,000 corruption complaints involving the private sector received last year concerned building maintenance, the ICAC said yesterday. Speaking on a radio programme, ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming said the sector was vulnerable to corruption since most landlords were ill-informed about maintenance issues and contracts could be for several million dollars. The anti-graft agency will join hands with district councils and the Home Affairs Department next month in a workshop to raise public awareness of corruption prevention, at which a guide on preventing graft in building maintenance will be distributed.
Most Hongkongers stressed by inflation, DAB poll shows
More than seven in 10 Hongkongers are under stress because of fast-rising inflation, a survey by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has found. The monthly household incomes of the 1,004 respondents ranged from HK$5,000 to more than HK$25,000. All said food was the biggest item of family expenditure. The Beijing-friendly political party called on the government to provide help for people, and especially the underprivileged, to counter the impact of rising prices.
Acquisitions in Kwun Tong to start
The Urban Renewal Authority will begin acquiring properties in Kwun Tong town centre for redevelopment at the end of this year, its managing director said. Speaking on a radio programme, Quinn Law Yee-kwan said the project could take 10 years.
Visitor forecast won't change
The Hong Kong Tourism Board is sticking to its forecast that visitor numbers will rise 8 per cent this year. It says it has taken into account the impact of the Beijing Olympic Games. Earlier, media reports had said the board might adjust its growth forecast to 5 per cent because the Games would draw away potential visitors.
Women hit in separate accidents
A 68-year-old woman was fighting for her life in hospital last night after being hit by a truck in Fan Kam Road, Sheung Shui, at about 7.30am. She was in critical condition in North District Hospital. A Thai woman, 23, was in serious condition in Queen Mary Hospital after being hit by a delivery van at the junction of Johnston Road and O'Brien Road, Wan Chai, shortly after 6am.
Crash injures three
A Mercedes-Benz careered through a road divider in Ching Cheung Road, Lai Chi Kok, into the opposite lane of the carriageway and collided with another Mercedes-Benz at 6.30am. The drivers, aged 34 and 44, and a woman passenger in one of the cars were injured. They were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital. Police said the two drivers passed breathalyser tests.
Man held for drink-driving
Police arrested a motorist for drink-driving after he rammed his car into the wall of a building in Shan Ha Road, Yuen Long.