21 Feb 2013

Dinner meeting: Speaker: Mr Tse Man Shing, Director for Corruption Prevention of ICAC

We had a new member induction today:  Rtn Devin Ehrig, who transfers from Rotary Club of Boston.  Devin’s classification is Professional Services.  DAG Eric presented a new member package and theme tie to Rtn Devin, and also presented a pin to his proposer, Rtn David Ross.

The speaker today was Mr. Tse Man Shing, Director of Corruption Prevention for the ICAC.  Mr Tse spoke about “The Changing Environment in the Fight Against Corruption” and shared with us the four aspects of corruption prevention: Anti-Corruption Strategy, Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, Changing Environment and ICAC Advisory Services.

Mr. Tse stated some statistics, the willingness to report corruption has increased from 77.2% in 2011 to 79.2% in 2012.  Already popular, the ICAC improved even further in popularity in 2012—98.0% (in 2011) to 98.7% (in 2012) of the respondents said that the ICAC deserved their support.  98.8% (in 2012) of the respondents agreed that keeping Hong Kong corruption-free was crucial to the territory’s overall development, compared to 99.2% in 2011.

Corruption Development in China, major anti-corruption agencies including,
- Supreme People’s Procuratorate (最高人民檢察院)
- Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (中央紀律檢查委員會)
- National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China (國家預防腐敗局)
- Ministry of Supervision (監察部)
- Others: Public Security Bureau (公安局)、 National Audit Office (審計署)
Integrity Order (廉潔令) (2011), Prohibit
Solicitation/acceptance of gifts, securities, commercial prepaid card, etc.
Gambling activities
Solicitation/acceptance of gifts at festive sessions by relatives
Promote activities to develop an ethical culture
Promote ethics education
At the end, Mr. Tse said ICAC provided Advisory Services which is Free, Strictly confidential, Tailor-made, with Hotline service and will Respond within 2 working days.
Mr Tse entertained many questions from Rotarians and guests about the challenges his office faces.

Our Sergeant PP Thomas collected HK$1700 for raffle and fines, Mr. Tse helped to draw the raffle gifts—two sets of Year of Snake Stamps—and the winners were PP George and Rtnne Daisy.