Action on some hillside orders eight years late
The Director of Audit found more than eight years had passed as of March since action had been requested on 14 per cent of 724 pending Dangerous Hillside Orders. The Buildings Department had also been slow to prosecute slope owners for not complying with an order, in some cases by up to four years.
Multi-entry passes bulk up wetland park figures
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has overestimated the tourists visiting the Hong Kong Wetland Park, an Audit Commission report said. The report found multi-entry pass holders who were unlikely to be tourists had been counted. Loose checks on visitors using these passes might create abuses and lead to revenue loss, it said.
Better collaboration urged on tourism projects
The Transport Department must better collaborate with the Commissioner for Tourism on tourism projects after the building of a now unnecessary public transport interchange, an Audit Commission report said. The interchange, on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, was built in 2007 for a planned move of bus stops from near Tsim Sha Tsui pier. The move was scrapped this year after public opposition, leaving the interchange underused.
Medical service slammed for equipment faults
The Audit Commission slammed the Auxiliary Medical Service for its poor management of medical equipment after expired tubes, damaged and rusty diagnostic tools and unlabelled items were found. It also found enough uniforms to last the AMS between 10 to 27 years.
Training body told to act firmly on fake claims
The Employees Retraining Board has been advised to ensure action is taken against applicants who provide false information to get allowances and discounted course fees. The Audit Commission made the call after discovering the board had acted in only seven of 41 cases to recover the falsely obtained money. Six trainees repaid the money.