The ombudsman yesterday warned government departments not to assume that their statutory responsibilities can be outsourced along with services.
Lands and Buildings departments not co-operating on enforcing law: official
The number of complaints against government departments rose by 6 per cent in the last tax year and jumped 25 per cent on the previous year, figures revealed yesterday.
Pride of place in the office of Ombudsman Alice Tai Yuen-ying is given to a little black pig. It sits on the coffee-table, elevated by a platform, waiting to be presented to a reluctant recipient...
Ombudsman Alice Tai Yuen-ying - who has had her term renewed for another five years - recently disclosed something alarming about herself during a casual chat with reporters.
Complaints against the government are rising, Ombudsman's report reveals
Complaints against the government have surged amid growing public discontent, the Ombudsman says.
As a body responsible for redressing grievances arising from maladministration, the Ombudsman is supposed to keep government departments on their toes so they will not abuse their powers.
Officials have been accused of providing half-truths to an Ombudsman's inquiry into measures aimed at preventing thefts from coffins at crematoriums.
The refusal of the Ombudsman to set a date to make her office independent of the administration disappointed legislators yesterday.
Ombudsman Alice Tai Yuen-ying yesterday launched an investigation into her husband's government department, but insists she will not be doing him any favours.
Within the Government's own terms of reference, the office of Ombudsman is defined as 'an independent authority which provides a channel for investigation of public complaints against...