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Gifts dished out by ex-ICAC chief

Staff reporter

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


The former chief of the Independent Commission Against Corruption gave 137 gifts totaling more than HK$200,000 to mainland and overseas officials during his five years in office.

According to data provided by the ICAC to the Legislative Council upon request, the gifts by former commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming included stone ornaments, digital photo frames and cameras.

Tong made frequent visits to the mainland while serving as commissioner of the ICAC from 2007 to 2012.

Earlier this year he was appointed a member of the mainland's top advisory body - the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

According to the data, Tong gave a stone ornament worth HK$4,140 to the Supreme People's Procuratorate in 2007-08.

In 2008-09 Tong gave a HK$1,650 camera to the central government liaison office in Hong Kong and in 2010-11 he gave a digital photo frame worth HK$1,890 to the procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate. Tong also gave digital photo frames to chief procurators in other provinces, including Fujian and Jiangsu.

Other gifts included crystal ICAC building models, pens and watches.

Breaking down Tong's gifts, the ICAC said they cost HK$39,850 in 2007-08, HK$31,800 in 2008-09, HK$47,900 in 2009-10, HK$70,200 in 2010-11 and HK$28,600 in 2011-12, totaling more than HK$218,000.

Earlier figures provided by the ICAC show that over his five-year term, Tong's trips outside Hong Kong cost HK$757,921 or an average of about HK$151,600 a year.

One of Tong's predecessors, Ambrose Lee Siu- kwong, spent HK$39,100 on trips during his 14-month term ending in August 2003.

Raymond Wong Hung-chiu, whose term ended in October 2006, spent K$60,700 a year on trips while Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun spent HK$55,470 during her nine-month tenure to June 2007.


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