Political Corruption

Six Guangzhou officials held for taking bribes

Guangzhou's graft watchdog has arrested six more officials in its latest anti-corruption campaign, including the head of the city's vehicle management agency for allegedly taking more than three million yuan (HK$3.67 million) in bribes.

Thursday, 4 October, 2012, 4:33am

Guangzhou corruption probe snares two officials

The Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog in Guangzhou said yesterday it had wrapped up internal investigations into two high-profile corruption cases, amid a provincial-wide campaign targeting officials.

27 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

Apathy, distrust, slows efforts to force asset disclosure in a Jiangsu district

With calls for mainland officials to disclose their assets practically ignored, one city in Jiangsu has hit the headlines, being hailed by the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily as evidence of the authorities' determination to curb corruption.

9 Sep 2012 - 7:34am

Corruption scandals send HKU graft index to 10-year-low

Media surround the van of Hong Kong developer Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Raymond Kwok Ping-luen, as Kwok leaves the Eastern Court in Sai Wan Ho. SCMP

Recent graft scandals and ethical controversies involving some of the city's most powerful officials and property tycoons appear to have helped drive the University of Hong Kong's corruption index to a 10-year low.

23 Aug 2012 - 9:24am

Conflict of interest disclosures need to be more specific for Hong Kong politicians

Adherence to the highest standards in preventing conflicts of interest should be first and foremost in the minds of politicians nowadays. Not only are they required to abide by the strictest rules, they are also expected to put themselves to public scrutiny. But Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his appointees to the city's highest decision-making body apparently think otherwise.

17 Aug 2012 - 1:35am

Ex-minister to face trial over Wenzhou crash

Disgraced former railways minister Liu Zhijun is expected to stand trial soon for his role in last year's deadly high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, after state prosecutors handed the case to municipal authorities.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Internet group denies funds abuse

The Internet Professional Association has denied abusing public funds, as the city's graft-buster pointed to flaws in the firm's management of a government internet-learning project, implicating a leading candidate to be the next information-technology chief.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Address? 'Next to the vegetable stall'

Despite the government's crackdown against vote-rigging, an incomplete inspection of the voters' list for the September election has found at least 161 names with suspicious or vague home addresses.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Older vote could hit democrat candidates

Pan-democratic candidates may suffer at the polls from marked shifts in the age groups of voters registered for September's legislative election, analysts said yesterday.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Defining dissent

The mass protest in Shifang, Sichuan, this month over an infrastructure project feared to be polluting was not new. Similar concerns also mobilised residents in Xiamen in Fujian, Panyu in Guangdong, and Dalian in Liaoning. Like in these earlier protests, the people of Shifang won a victory, at least temporarily, when officials agreed to suspend the project.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

C.Y.'s new priority: restoring confidence

After months of struggle, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying appears to have given up the fight to expand his ruling team, at least for now. On Monday, the government said its restructuring plan had been allocated the last slot on Legco's agenda. This leaves just seven days to clear 23 bills and resolutions, many of which will have a direct impact on people's livelihoods.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

230,000 voters on omission list

The number of voters could drop for the first time in six years after nearly a quarter of a million voters put themselves at risk of disqualification for failing to verify their addresses.

It means that only 3.45 million Hongkongers will be eligible to vote in the Legislative Council elections in September.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Soccer needs to go back to grass roots

Soccer is China's biggest spectator sport - and the country's biggest exception to sporting success on the international stage. For an explanation, the courts of the northeastern province of Liaoning are as good a place as any to start.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Most mainland firms want graft tackled

Eighty per cent of mainland companies want greater regulatory supervision to tackle fraud and corruption compared to only 69 per cent globally, a survey by accounting firm Ernst & Young has found.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Democrats take Legco ban to High Court

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am