Help for lost permit holders

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 June, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 June, 2002, 12:00am

Hong Kong people who lose their home return permits while travelling in Guangdong may be able to cross the border within two days instead of a week under reforms to improve public security services in the province.

The measures, unveiled in Guangzhou yesterday, will see various Guangdong Public Security Bureau departments standardising procedures.

Five of the bureau's departments, including exit-entry administration, fire services and traffic police, are expected to adopt the new work procedures before the end of the month. These procedures will also be extended to other departments of the bureau by the end of this year.

Under the reforms, ordered by the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Bureau earlier this year, computers will be installed in police stations, which will also have to list their performance pledges and fee structures in order to increase transparency.

A spokesman for Dongshan District Public Security Bureau said the standardisation of work procedures and computerisation would allow Hong Kong people who had lost their home return permits during mainland visits to return to the SAR more quickly.

'After computerisation, as long as your information is correct, we'll try our best to complete the procedures for your exit within two days,' the spokesman said.

He said computerisation would also allow mainlanders applying to visit Hong Kong to obtian permits in three to five days - half the usual waiting time.

The vice-chairman of Lok Ma Chau China-Hong Kong Freight Association, Wong Wai-keung, welcomed the new measures.

He said that under the old system, Hong Kong residents who lose their original permits had to wait a week before temporary ones were issued.