Lawmaker praises welfare chief for doing 'a very good job'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 April, 2009, 12:00am

Director of Social Welfare Stephen Fisher received praise from a legislator yesterday, after announcing he would step down in four months.

Welfare sector lawmaker Peter Cheung Kwok-che said Mr Fisher had done 'a very good job' since taking on the post in 2007.

Mr Fisher, who joined the government in 1980, served in the former constitutional affairs, health and welfare, financial services and chief secretary's departments. He was deputy secretary for planning, environment and lands from 1999 to 2002 and at home affairs until 2006.

'We will all miss him. He has done a very good job,' Mr Cheung said. 'When he promises something, he definitely makes it happen. When he knows he cannot get something done, he will tell you in advance without dragging on.'

Mr Cheung mentioned the director's efforts to help residents in Tai O when the village was damaged by Typhoon Hagupit in September. 'He did a great job in fixing many homes, especially those owned by elderly folk, as many items of furniture and home appliances were washed away or ruined.'