Rafael Hui resigns from KMB posts, clearing way to run Tsang's campaign
Former top official Rafael Hui Si-yan has stepped down from the board of bus company KMB, clearing the way for him to lead Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's campaign to be chief executive - and possibly for Mr Hui to be appointed chief secretary in July.
The board of Kowloon Motor Bus Holdings announced yesterday that Mr Hui had resigned as a company director due to 'personal reasons', effective Sunday.
Mr Hui has also resigned as director of the listed company's subsidiaries, the KMB Company and Long Win Bus Company. Mr Hui, a former secretary for financial services, has been a director of KMB Holdings and its subsidiary firms since February last year.
His resignation is seen as a prelude to his leading the election campaign for Mr Tsang, the acting chief executive. Sources said Mr Hui was then expected to be appointed as chief secretary after Mr Tsang, his long-time friend, succeeded Tung Chee-hwa as chief executive in July.
KMB Holdings is due to re-elect its directors at its annual general meeting on May 19.
Mr Hui could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Mr Hui has also been a steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2002. He is expected to resign from that position before rejoining the government.
Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen resigned as a club steward in July 2002, shortly after he was appointed secretary for commerce, industry and technology.
Mr Tang's resignation from the club was seen as an attempt to avoid any conflict of interest with his public office.
A spokeswoman for the Jockey Club said it had not received any notification from Mr Hui that he would resign as a steward.
Mr Hui, 57, is expected to open a campaign office for Mr Tsang in Central soon.
After joining the civil service in 1970, Mr Hui left the government in 2000 to become managing director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Authority. He retired from the authority two years ago.
He also serves as vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, honorary secretary of the Hong Kong International Film Festival and is a member of the executive committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.
Mr Tsang said last week he was too busy to think about a campaign for the top job, but that he would consider his next move after the amendment to the Chief Executive Election Ordinance was passed. He is expected to announce his bid to become chief executive in June.
It was reported last week that Mr Hui had invited Norman Chan Tak-lam to serve on Mr Tsang's campaign team. Mr Chan resigned as deputy chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority three weeks ago. He plans to study economics in the US in September.