Timothy Tong Hin-ming

Nearly 100 Hong Kong government bodies refuse to reveal bills in SCMP spending poll

Former ICAC Commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming is grilled by the Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee in September. Photo: Sam Tsang

The independent police watchdog was the only one of around 100 government institutions that disclosed the full details of its spending on entertainment, overseas visits and gifts in a South China Morning Post survey.

Wednesday, 27 November, 2013, 5:00am 11 comments

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.

25 Sep 2013 - 5:50pm

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20 Jun 2013 - 12:31am

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

Lawmakers blast ICAC's 'creative accounting'

Timothy Tong, former head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, attends a hearing at Legco yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

Lawmakers have expressed concerns over what they called arbitrary and creative accounting by the Independent Commission Against Corruption as they examine expenses for meals and duty visits incurred by its former chief, Timothy Tong Hin-ming.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 2 comments

Former ICAC chief Timothy Tong brought friends to official meals

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Edward Wong

Under questioning by lawmakers at his third and final appearance before the Legislative Council's public accounts committee, Timothy Tong also admitted that he had received a gift of a traditional Chinese screen worth as much as HK$200,000 from mainland judicial officials in 2007. It was still in ICAC headquarters when he stepped down last year.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 9 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

Mixed messages coming from free TV

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

On the day free-to-air television station TVB announced it would continue a fight to block the issuance of more free-TV licences, the other free-TV station ATV sent out a press statement that was equally eye-catching.

23 May 2013 - 4:30am

Who was guarding the guards during Tong's reign?

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

Let's recap: Timothy Tong Hin-ming has been the ICAC commissioner for five years. What did he do during that time?

22 May 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

Liaison Office chief must investigate relationship with former ICAC boss

Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office of the Chinese Central People's Government in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

When the current head of the central government's liaison office, Zhang Xiaoming, arrived in December, he was welcomed for his fresh approach, which included a willingness to sound off in public on all manner of things. One reason for his willingness to do so, perhaps, is that 49-year-old Zhang is an expert on Hong Kong, having worked in the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office for most of his adult life.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 3 comments

Lawmakers accuse former anti-corruption chief of dodging graft questions

Timothy Tong, former head of the ICAC, will appear for a second hearing this week after he gave testimony for less than 90 minutes. Photo: Sam Tsang

The hearing of the Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee to question Tong and his successor, Simon Peh Yun-lu, was meant to run for four hours but ended after Tong gave evidence for less than 90 minutes when lawmakers accused him of dodging questions and wasting time.

19 May 2013 - 10:34am 11 comments

ICAC opening new HQ meant more entertaining, says Timothy Tong

Lawyer Peter Wong Ting-kwong (left) with troubled Timothy Tong during the Legco committee's grilling. Photo: Sam Tsang

At a Legislative Council committee hearing into his hospitality spending, Tong attributed the higher entertainment bills racked up during his five-year tenure at the Independent Commission Against Corruption to a rise in the number of visitors to the agency's headquarters in North Point after it opened in 2007.

19 May 2013 - 5:55am 2 comments

Tong must co-operate with probes for his sake and the ICAC's

Timothy Tong owes us full explanation. Photo: Dickson Lee

It would not be surprising if the first Legco probe into the controversy surrounding Timothy Tong Hin-ming is seen as a failure. Defending himself for the first time in public yesterday, the former anti-corruption chief was criticised by lawmakers for being evasive. Given Tong is facing a criminal investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption he headed for five years, and that his appearance before the Legco public accounts committee as a voluntary witness did not give him any legal immunity, he was highly cautious when answering questions. Frustrated by the lack of progress, lawmakers cut short the session and decided to summon him to another hearing with special powers.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am 2 comments