ICAC reputation pays price for Timothy Tong's spending

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has drawn her own conclusions from the official figures revealing the lavish spending. "The position of ICAC commissioner demands someone who has integrity. Tong was obviously not the right person."

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 5:57am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2013

HK$1 deposit for fluorescent lamps. Photo: SMP

The Environmental Protection Department's fluorescent lamp recycling programme provides public collection points for old fluorescent bulbs, although the container does not cater to longer tubes that some households, like my own, use.

17 Feb 2013 - 1:59am

Letters to the Editor, December 24, 2012

Bank's bosses must own up to serious errors. Photo: EPA

Children's commission long overdue

The festive season is said to be one of peace and goodwill to all mankind; it is a special time for children - or should be.

The most important asset of this place we call home is its people, and the future of Hong Kong is its little people, our children.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am 1 comment

Protesters urge Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to quit

Democrats march in Central yesterday. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets yesterday urging Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down, on the eve of his public accounting for illegal structures at his home on The Peak.

Leung is expected to be questioned by lawmakers from across the political spectrum for at least 1-1/2 hours in the Legislative Council today.

10 Dec 2012 - 8:14am 20 comments

Leung must give straight answers before basement becomes a bunker

Leung Chun-ying's home at the Peak. Photo: David Wong

The long-awaited reply late last month from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying over the saga of his trellis has led to more questions than answers.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:43am

Wen quotes ancient poet to assert his integrity after wealth claim

Premier Wen Jiabao met overseas Chinese living in Thailand, telling them he valued personal integrity more than his life. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao has used one of his last overseas trips before he steps down to assert his innocence after allegations about his family's "hidden wealth", saying he valued personal integrity more than his life.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 5 comments

Lax checks on ministers' integrity undermines government

How ministers perform their duties and conduct themselves in public office has an impact on confidence in government. While it is the chief executive's job to pick the best brains for the positions, he relies on a good mechanism to ensure officials possess good character and do not bring the government into disrepute.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:31am 1 comment

Questions for C.Y. deserve an answer

Leung Chun-ying's relations with the Legislative Council will go some way towards making or breaking him as chief executive. His appearance in the council chamber this week for the first of what will be many question-and-answer sessions was in a sense a dress rehearsal for the real thing. Next time he will appear before a new legislature to be elected in September.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Major betting moves still a worry for some

Once again on Sunday, betting in the third race tended to confirm the view the heavy moves have more to do with money coming back into the legal tote from other sources than any trickery.

24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Expand your vocabulary

Do you know the difference between 'integration' and 'integrity'?

integration (n) - the process of combining two or more things Integration can also be the acceptance of someone or something into a group.

integrity (n) - the quality of being honest and sincere; of sound moral principles

24 May 2006 - 12:00am

Integrity in public office

I refer to the column headlined 'Benevolent despotism is no vote winner' (January 6).

By his own admission, Jake van der Kamp relied on what came out of RTHK radio news without reading the original text of my letter to youths. The newscast quoted me out of context. This is an example of how messages can be distorted and perpetuated, creating more misunderstanding.

7 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Join the ICAC: a brand you can trust

Do you know what ICAC stands for? Apparently, it's Integrity, Confidence, Ability and Courage, at least according to the graft-buster's recruitment ad.

3 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

'Integrity checks' led to ICAC suspensions

Internal ICAC integrity checks, which include monitoring of business interests and travel to and from the SAR, triggered the investigation that left six officers suspended this week, sources said last night .

2 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Young easy going on graft, ICAC says

HONG KONG'S younger generation is becoming more tolerant of corruption, a new ICAC survey shows.

Uncertainty over next year's transfer of sovereignty was leading to greater dishonesty in the workplace, it said.

The findings prompted the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to warn that action was needed to raise standards of honesty among the young.

24 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Enforcing an ethics code

HONG KONG companies have always been strong in terms of enterprise, but when it comes to ethics, flexibility has been a more salient factor than principle. Many entrepreneurs have felt it acceptable to pay tea money, oil the wheels, grease palms. Whatever the metaphor, bribes and other inducements represent an attempt to gain unfair advantage.

11 Apr 1995 - 12:00am