Senior PolyU official fired over audit 'issues'

Polytechnic University has fired one of its vice presidents for apparently not reporting income derived from outside sources.

Beatrice Siu

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Polytechnic University has fired one of its vice presidents for apparently not reporting income derived from outside sources.

In a statement, the university said it has terminated the employment of Judy Tsui Lam Sin-lai, vice president of international and executive education, over "issues" identified in the 2011-12 internal audit unit report.

It added the dismissal was suggested by a panel set up to investigate Tsui for violating the reporting procedure for duties outside the university.

"The university management has accepted the findings presented and the recommendations made by the panel," the statement said. "Upon careful consideration, the university has decided to terminate Tsui's employment with immediate effect."

A spokeswoman, who refused to go to details, added: "The university has clear guidelines and fixed procedures to manage the related applications, approval and reporting of income. All staff must strictly comply with the guidelines."

She said the university will follow up to make sure Tsui makes full restitution.

Tsui's duties will be taken over by executive vice president Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung.

The annual report said it had been anonymously told that Tsui had not fully reported her remuneration as a non- executive director at CLP and China Vanke in the mainland. A council member of the university said two rounds of investigation were conducted after Tsui "disagreed with the findings when the first round was completed."

PolyU president Timothy Tong Wai- cheung said: "The university is committed to upholding good governance and the highest possible ethical standards."

In response, Tsui told Sing Tao Daily, sister newspaper of The Standard, that in May 2012, she had "paid the university the outstanding sum of HK$2.84 million."

Tsui - who joined the university in July 2002 and took up her current position in March 2010 - also criticized that the investigation was based on inaccuracies in the audit report and conducted without transparency.

Student union president Wong Chun- long said it wants the investigation report to be made public. Wong added: "I believe the termination is to show the public that it is strengthening governance."