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May 30, 2006
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In the old days, Hong Kong was a den of vice and corruption, where the cops were in cahoots with the triads and everyone made out like bandits. The family of one of the infamous "four sargeants" has finally struck a deal with the ICAC (which was originally set up to deal with this corruption). How did ICAC realise something was amiss?
The ICAC first began investigating Hon in 1976 for "assets disproportionate" to his humble salary, which totaled HK$193,852 over a 31-year career with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.That's some savvy investing. The SCMP has a short piece summarising how these comparitively lowly ranked policemen managed to control so much power and wealth. It's below the jump. Meanwhile, compare and contrast with another story in today's SCMP:
Almost 80 per cent of raids on suspected illegal gambling dens last year ended in failure, figures released by police have revealed.Finally, and again completely unrelated, LegCo rolled over and approved the Tamar white elephant, although law makers are annoyed the government isn't promoting Tamar as the "people's project". That's fair enough - it is taxpayer money that's being wasted. Plus ca change and all that.
The notorious "four great Chinese sergeants" - among them Hon Sum - began their corrupt reign in the 1960s. They were all police staff sergeants, a post that has since been abolished, and were in their posts for years, unlike today where officers are rotated.posted by Simon on 05.30.06 at 05:09 AM in the Hong Kong category.
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