McDonald's Hong Kong head arrested in graft probe

The managing director of McDonald's in Hong Kong, Joseph Lau Sze-shing, has been released on bail after being arrested for alleged corruption, a media report said Wednesday.

McDonald's Hong Kong head arrested in graft probe

The managing director of McDonald's in Hong Kong, Joseph Lau Sze-shing, has been released on bail after being arrested for alleged corruption, a media report said Wednesday.

Lau, who is suspected of accepting bribes, is the third alleged corruption case in the restaurant industry this month to be investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the South China Morning Post.

The cases have sparked wider concerns about the level of graft in the catering industry. The commission said it had recorded 42 reports of bribery in the restaurant industry in the first half of the year, compared with 53 last year.

Catering Industries Association vice-chairman Thomas Woo Chu, said the number of complaints was alarming but not surprising. "The increase in reports and arrests might be caused by increasing awareness of bribery in the industry. This is good. We should not tolerate bribery," Woo said.

McDonald's Restaurants (Hong Kong) said Lau, who has worked for the fast food chain for 24 years and was appointed managing director in May 2004, was on leave. He was arrested last week.

DPA

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