Close Leung campaign aides join interim team
Three of Leung Chun-ying's close campaign aides have joined the chief executive-elect's office.
Former ATV anchor Cathy Hung Yee-man, who was responsible for media affairs during the former Executive Council convenor's election campaign, began working for the office on Thursday. Two project officer posts have been filled by Leung's personal assistants, Allen Fung Ying-lun and Chen Ran, according to a person familiar with the appointments.
A spokeswoman for the chief executive-elect's office - which began operating on March 20 - said the three would share the salary of a senior professional-level civil service post, which ranges from HK$82,975 to HK$95,595 a month. Previously the chief executive-elect had a special assistant. Now the job has been split into three - a public relations officer and two project officers. The office will operate until June 30.
Hung's monthly salary is HK$41,070, the equivalent starting salary of an Information Officer. Fung and Chen will receive HK$22,240, equivalent to an Executive Officer II.
The position of head of the office has not yet been filled. After a dinner with Beijing-loyalist lawmakers on Thursday, Leung, who was accompanied by Hung, said: 'I will announce the appointment once I've made the decision.'
The office head is responsible for liaising with political groups and different sectors of the community - similar to the duties of the director of the chief executive's office, a position held by Professor Gabriel Leung.
Both Fung and Chen have worked closely with C. Y. Leung for years.
Fung, the external vice-president of the University of Hong Kong Students' Union in 2004, has been with Leung since he graduated.
Chen is the secretary general of the Hua Jing Society, which was formed by a group of youths raised on the mainland. Leung is an honorary patron of the society.