The Independent Commission Against Corruption was established in 1974 when Hong Kong was under British rule. Its aim was to clean up endemic corruption in the many departments of the Hong Kong government through law enforcement, prevention and community education.

ICAC remains the institutional pillar that sets Hong Kong apart from the region. Photo: Felix Wong

Graft watchdog can now regain trust and move on

Ricky Yau Shu-chun has been installed as the permanent deputy chief of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, bringing to a close a nagging question that threatened to undermine the integrity of one of the city’s greatest assets