Bogus marriages row cools down

Central Station | 4 May 2021

A cooling touch is softening the war of words over bogus marriages that broke out last week.

The Audit Commission criticized the Immigration Department's handling of bogus marriages and called for action.

However, the Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee yesterday decided against a public hearing, at least for now.

Committee chairman Abraham Shek Lai-him said that as the situation mentioned in the audit report was quite normal and will not have a significant impact, the committee believes a public hearing is not needed. Shek said the committee will ask for a written reply from government departments mentioned in the audit report and will consider whether further action is needed.

He said that according to government guidelines, departments should refrain from responding to the audit report before the committee's public hearing.

The Immigration Department said last week that people who don't know anything about criminal investigations are making random criticisms against the law enforcement.

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