Donald Tsang

Officials defend police chief's retirement deal

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 January, 2005, 12:00am

The government yesterday defended the decision to keep former police commissioner Tsang Yam-pui on the civil service payroll while he worked for a business consortium and also taking accrued leave after he retired.

Officials said Mr Tsang was still entitled to a salary during the leave period.

'There is no question of double benefit,' a Civil Service Bureau spokesman said.

It was yesterday reported that Mr Tsang had accumulated leave in excess of his rank's normal 12-month ceiling when he retired in December 2003.

He was paid $180,000 a month until the leave period ended while also working as an executive director of NWS Holdings.

The bureau said the employment was approved early last year.

'The existing policy allows a retired civil servant to take up employment while on pre-retirement leave,' the spokesman said.

The bureau also said the accumulation of leave above the normal ceiling was permitted in exceptional cases.

Civil servants are barred from working for six months after retiring, a period the government is considering extending.

Mr Tsang started working for NWS after this time had lapsed.

'We have undertaken to complete the review and draw up proposals for change in March this year,' the spokesman said.




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