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Lady Peggy Cater

  

     姬達爵士夫人      

     

姬達爵士夫人,曾服務於英國廣播公司,在1950年與姬達爵士結婚。姬達爵士乃世界知名的反貪污機構廉政公署的始創者兼首任廉政專員。

反貪工作之初,敵對勢力不祇沖擊廉署,更直指姬達爵士本人。爵士夫人持家有道之餘,更能給予夫君無比的力量,俾能讓他專心一致,策動反貪污之戰。

其後姬達爵士更晉升為香港布政司及署理港督。在該等任內,爵士夫人是他的賢內助,盡心於子女的教養與成長。

夫婦兩人十分喜愛香港,退休後仍留港居住,晚年才遷回英國。居港期間爵士夫人已經積極參與社區服務,現退休在英國根西島居住,她亦創立了一個慈善機構,專門向阿爾茲海默氏症的患者及其照料者提供援助。

Peggy, sometime staff member of the BBC, married Sir Jack Cater in 1950.  Sir Jack was the founding Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the world’s most reputable anti-corruption body.

The early days saw much hostility against the Commission and even against Sir Jack himself.  Peggy as dedicated homemaker was a tower of strength, making it possible for Sir Jack to commit himself totally to leading the combat against corruption.

Sir Jack went on to be Hong Kong's Chief Secretary and Acting Governor.  In these capacities, Peggy was a gracious lady of the house while attending to the well-being, education and development of their children.

The couple love Hong Kong as home and spent many decades here before retiring to Britain.  While here, she was active in community service. She is now in retirement in Guernsey, where she has set up a charity in aid of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers.

 

 

Message to the ROA

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Throughout his career Jack Cater dealt determinedly with corruption wherever he found it.  As corruption became more and more prevalent in Hong Kong during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s he made great efforts to bring to the attention of the Government authorities the danger of the rapidly growing menace.   As a result of public outcries (largely occasioned by the corrupt practices of a senior European Police Officer having been brought to light) the Governor, Sir Murray Maclehose, eventually decided he must act.   He went to Jack and entreated him with the words:  “There is no one else who can cope with this and I beg you, in the public interest, to take on the task of beating this”.

 

Thus in the autumn of 1973 work began secretly to recruit and to set up a structure for the incipient Independent Commission Against Corruption with a Commissioner to report solely to the Governor.  The structure would mount a three-pronged attack:  operational, the elimination of possible corruption opportunities and public education.  It would concentrate not only on Government Departments including the (then Royal) Hong Kong Police Force but also on statutory bodies such as the Universities, the (Royal) Hong Kong Jockey Club and business in general. 

 

In February 1974 the ICAC officially started work, and the rest is history.  Now, in 2011, I look back on the years of endeavor; of success and of Jack’s pioneering of a way of life (later copied by many in other parts of the world) with tremendous pride. 

 

He worked to create, guide and encourage honesty and a corruption-free society and I know that Hong Kong owes him a debt of gratitude which cannot be repaid except by honouring his memory and holding loyally to the vital and high aspirations of the Commission, an entity of which he was so very proud.  The officers who have served throughout past years have done a splendid job and in retirement should continue to feel that their work is held in high esteem.  Any contribution they can make, with their background knowledge and experience, to the well being of the community of Hong Kong and beyond can be of great value. 

 

 

姬達爵士畢生與貪污誓不兩立。

 

6070年代香港貪污風氣盛行之際,他極力促請港府注意那迅速惡化的危機。由於公眾的強烈要求(其實是因為一名高級洋警官的貪污行為暴光),最終港督麥理浩爵士決定必須切實面對問題。他懇切地跟姬達說:『沒有人比你更能面對目前的情況,我請求你以公眾利益作為優先考慮,接受這項挑戰吧!』

 

於是,在1973年的秋天,一項秘密工作悄然展開,招募職員、成立一個專員直接向港督負責的雛形廉政公署。這個機構需以三管齊下的措施打擊貪污,包括執法、消除貪污機會及推行公民教育。這不單止集中在政府部門、包括當時的香港『皇家』警隊,還遍及公共機構如大學、賽馬會等,以致商界。

 

1974年二、三月間,廉署正式開始運作,而其後的歷史,如眾所周知。

 

現在是2011年,我回顧過往的努力及成就,倍感驕傲。而姬達所倡導者,是一種嶄新的生活方式(其後被世界各地爭相仿傚)。他建立制度,引領及鼓勵大家奉行廉潔。我知道香港人懷緬他,而最好的方法,乃堅持及發揚他引以為傲的廉署至高無尚的精神。過往服務廉署的同事們曾建立豐功偉績,退休之後理應

繼續被受尊重。以他們的知識及經驗,當可為香港及其所屬地方的社會 ,繼續發熱發光。

 

 

 

 
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