Former ICAC chief Timothy Tong grilled on spending by lawmakers

Former ICAC Commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming in Legco on Wednesday answers lawmakers' questions on spending during his time as head of the agency. Photo: Sam Tsang

Former head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Timothy Tong Hin-ming on Wednesday refuted accusations that two of his duty visits to the mainland contained excessive non-official activities.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 5:50pm

Lawmakers take ICAC to task over office rents

Julie Mu Fee-man. Photo: May Tse

The graft-busting agency has promised to consider moving its regional offices out of high-priced ground-floor locations, after a government audit found that it spent HK$275,600 a month to rent an office in Lam Tin.

21 Jun 2013 - 5:15am 1 comment

Timothy Tong's liquor spending spree gives ICAC a hangover

Simon Peh told the Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee that ICAC may sell the small stock of wine it has left. Photo: Felix Wong

Graft-busting agency ICAC, stung by revelations that it had paid for huge amounts of liquor under its free-spending former chief, Timothy Tong Hin-ming, has suspended alcohol purchases and may sell its remaining supplies.

5 Jun 2013 - 3:34am 2 comments

Now, ICAC is asked to investigate Barry Cheung

Barry Cheung Chun-yuen. Photo: Edward Wong

The anti-corruption chief has been asked to investigate allegations that former executive councillor Barry Cheung Chun-yuen borrowed HK$70 million from a developer while chairman of the Urban Renewal Authority.

1 Jun 2013 - 3:38am 2 comments

Ex-ICAC chief spent more than HK$720,000

Former ICAC Commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Felix Wong

The amount former ICAC chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming spent on gifts has turned out to be more than triple the amount previously identified.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption, which had stated earlier that Tong had spent HK$220,000 on gifts for official functions in his five years as commissioner, said yesterday the figure was over HK$724,000.

28 May 2013 - 3:25am

Former ICAC chief Timothy Tong admits buying liquor for guests

Ex-graft-buster Timothy Tong testifies at Legco yesterday over the purchase of liquor during his time in charge of the ICAC. Photo: Felix Wong

Troubled former chief graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming admitted for the first time yesterday that he had approved the purchase of strong spirits for use at receptions. Tong told lawmakers that buying different types of alcohol was necessary to meet different guests' needs at functions held by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

25 May 2013 - 4:45am 4 comments

No harm done, says scandal-hit ex-chief of ICAC Timothy Tong

Timothy Tong faces the panel

Former chief graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming says he does not believe an investigation into his hospitality expenses will affect the anti-corruption agency's reputation.

Speaking to journalists after attending a Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee hearing yesterday, he said the Independent Commission Against Corruption was reputable and influential.

25 May 2013 - 3:57am 1 comment

Hong Kong's reputation suffers as rules of fair play are ignored

Executive Councillor Barry Cheung Chun-yuen speaks to media after police seized evidences from the office of Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange's (HKMEx) office at Cyberport. Photo: May Tse

Things are coming together, but not in a good way. It seems that hardly a day passes without the integrity of some senior government official being questioned and, worse, the system of government being undermined. Taken separately, these things are bad enough but, when considered as a whole, the picture is very disturbing.

25 May 2013 - 8:10am 10 comments

Donald Tsang deserves to know his fate in ICAC's graft probe

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Justice delayed is justice denied," says a legal maxim. If a criminal case is delayed, a trial may be stayed - if the delay has caused prejudice; while a convicted defendant may receive a reduced sentence because of the trauma he or she has faced. Suspects, therefore, must know their fate within a reasonable time, and not be left in suspense.

24 May 2013 - 5:20am 9 comments

ICAC tightens spending rules in wake of expenses scandal

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Dickson Lee

The ICAC has imposed stricter checks on official entertainment and gift expenses following allegations of extravagance and collusion surrounding Timothy Tong Hin-ming, former chief of the graft-busting body.

17 May 2013 - 5:51am 2 comments

ICAC probe of ex-boss may turn into a blockbuster

Alec Tsui (right) revisits his ICAC roots in Cold War, a Hong Kong film. Photo: supplied

I’ve often remarked that all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. That may not be exactly how I phrased it, but it sums it up. Take a bow, William Shakespeare, who wrote down the enduring lines centuries before the drama I’m referring to started playing out to an enthralled Hong Kong audience.

16 May 2013 - 2:46pm 6 comments

Ex-ICAC head to face lawmakers over spending

Timothy Tong Hin-ming, former ICAC chief and current  CPPCC member, will  attend a public accounts committee hearing on Saturday.  Photo: Sam Tsang

The former ICAC head will face legislators’ questions later this week over his allegedly lavish spending on meals and entertainments during his tenure.

Timothy Tong Hin-ming will attend a 4-hour public hearing on Saturday as a witness to explain findings in a recent report by the Director of Audit, a meeting schedule from the Legislative Council secretariat showed.

14 May 2013 - 2:35pm 2 comments

Timothy Tong scandal: how to preserve ICAC's reputation

Timothy Tong faces several probes into his lavish style of entertaining while ICAC chief. Photo: Sam Tsang

Over the years, the ICAC has proved itself to be an impressive force for rooting out corrupt practices. So the Timothy Tong Hin-ming scandal comes not just as a shock for Hong Kong, but also for those who look up to the ICAC as the very best anti-corruption agency in the world.

14 May 2013 - 3:02am

Larry Yung secretary lied to ICAC over flat linked to Hui case

Rafael Hui

Agnes Tai Wai-kuen, 58, pleaded guilty in Eastern Court yesterday to two counts of making false statements to the Independent Commission Against Corruption under oath.

11 May 2013 - 6:07am

ICAC scandal undermines Hong Kong’s core values

ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu at the organisation's headquarters in North Point discussing recent controversies involving former chief Timothy Tong. Photo: David Wong

The allegations surrounding former ICAC head Timothy Tong Hin-ming have not only cast a shadow over the integrity of the anti-graft body, they have also tarnished core values long cherished by Hong Kong people.

8 May 2013 - 3:36pm 4 comments