Timothy Tong

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For the president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, see Timothy W. Tong.

Timothy Tong (traditional Chinese: 湯顯明; simplified Chinese: 汤显明; pinyin: Tāng Xiǎnmíng) born in 1950, is a former Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption for the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was Commissioner of Customs and Excise for the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong.

Tong studied at Diocesan Boys' School for secondary education, and graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joined the Government of Hong Kong in November 1972[1] and served as an officer in the Executive Department and Trade and Industry Department. In April 1992, he joined the political branch of the government. In April 2005, he received a promotion into a senior position in Home Affairs Department and was reassigned in many executive position within the government departments. In January 1999, he served as Undersecretary for Security in Security Bureau of Hong Kong. In September 2003, Tong was appointed as Commissioner of Customs and Excise for the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong.[1] On 1 July 2007, he was appointed as Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).[1]

Timothy Tong was serving under Regina Ip when he was the Undersecretary for Security in the Security Bureau of Hong Kong, and together they helped advocating the passage of Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23.[2] Protests against this bill resulted in a massive demonstration on 1 July 2003. In the aftermath, two Executive Committee members resigned and the bill was withdrawn after it became clear that it would not get the necessary support from the Legislative Council for it to be passed. The bill was then shelved indefinitely.

In 2013, Tong became the subject of a special inquiry launched by Hong Kong's Legislative Council after serious allegations surfaced regarding gifts and other expense claims he made during his ICAC tenure.[3]

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Raymond Wong
Commissioner of Customs and Excise
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Richard Yuen
Preceded by
Fanny Law
Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Simon Peh
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Rita Lau
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Benjamin Tang
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star