Corruption occurs when an individual abuses his authority for personal gain at the expense of other people. Corruption erodes fairness and the rule of law, and in some cases, puts lives and property at risk. The spirit of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO) enforced by the ICAC is to maintain a fair and just society.

POBO - public sector

Understanding the Ordinance︰ Prescribed officers are subject to Sections 3,4,5 and 10 of the POBO while employees of public bodies (e.g. power company, bus company, hospital, etc) are subject to Sections 4 and 5. More

Gift

Aspects of the Ordinance

Can a civil servant accept any gift in his official capacity from the public during festivals? Answer

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POBO - private sector

Understanding the Ordinance︰No agent (usually an employee) shall solicit or accept any advantage without the permission of his principal when conducting his principal’s affairs or business. More

commission

Aspects of the Ordinance

Can a procurement officer of a private sector company accept any commission from a supplier without the knowledge of his boss?? Answer

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Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance

Understanding the Ordinance︰Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance applies to the elections specified in the Ordinance. The Ordinance governs all conduct concerning an election. More

treat

Aspects of the Ordinance

Is it an offence if an elector casts a vote for a candidate because the candidate gives him a treat? Answer

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The ICAC Ordinance

Understanding the Ordinance︰The Independent Commission Against Corruption Ordinance vests the ICAC with law enforcement powers such as investigation, arrest, detention and granting of bail. More

Aspects of the Ordinance

Does ICAC need a warrant for searching and arresting a suspect? Answer

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