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Appointing Consultants and Contractors
1. Q:

Ken and Tung conspire to rig the tender through the submission of tenders from five different companies. What is the opportunity for corruption?

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Explanation
     
  A:
A. bribing Buildings Department officers in order to obtain the contract
B. bribing OC members in order to gain information about other tender prices
C. offering bribes to staff of Home Affairs Department to have the latter's vote for Tung's Company
2. Q:

Ken reduces the consulting fees to $180,000 to save the OC the “trouble" of having to conduct an open tender exercise. What is wrong with this act?

Q & A
 
Explanation
     
  A:
A. no problem
B. Raymond has to treat Ken a meal
C. conducive to corruption
3. Q:

Raymond does not disclose his relationship with his father-in-law Tung and even negotiates the contract price with Tung together with Ken. What is the problem?

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Explanation
     
  A:
A. dereliction
B. conflict of interest
C. no problem
 
Supervising Maintenance Works
4. Q:

What is wrong with Mr LAU, inspector of works from Ken's consultancy firm, gambling and going to the Mainland for entertainment with the workers of the contractor and Mr CHAU of the building's management office?

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Explanation
     
  A:
A. can easily give rise to suspicions or complaints about abuse of authority and favouritism
B. nothing wrong as long as they do not go to the Mainland for entertainment
C. nothing wrong as long as it occurs outside office hours
5. Q:

What appears to be the main reason for Tung's paying Raymond's share of the building maintenance fees?

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Explanation
     
  A:
A. the project has not been completed yet
B. bribery
C. a wish to please his daughter, i.e. Raymond's wife
6. Q:

When Tung asks Raymond to arrange for the OC to expedite approval for the interim payment, why does Raymond feel awkward but not reject the request immediately?

Q & A
 
Explanation
     
  A:
A. because the project has yet to be completed
B. because Raymond feels obliged to Tung
C. because he is afraid of being blamed by his wife
7. Q:

If Raymond fails to address seriously the works defects, what will the problem be for him?

Q & A
 
Explanation
     
  A:
A. he will be guilty of neglect of duty
B. he may be suspected of accepting a bribe from the consultant/contractor
C. both
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