Hong Kong has the second lowest level of corruption in Asia, behind Singapore. In Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perception Index, it ranked 14 out of 176 countries, above Japan, the UK and the US.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is the main agency responsible for combating corruption. In 2013, ICAC was forced to investigate its own former chief who is suspected of spending public money for his own political purposes. The ICAC has opened a criminal investigation into the matter.
A 2012 corruption scandal involving two billionaire businessmen has been brought to trial and people remain confident in the ability of the authorities to combat corruption.