Leung Chun-ying

Chief executive seeks to appoint best person for each position

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 1:39am

I refer to the report by Stuart Lau ("Pan-democrats shut out of decision-making", July 22).

Lau wrote that "only 15 people with a track record of pro-democracy advocacy are among more than 1,250 people appointed to offer policy advice within government-run bodies".

If he was referring to government advisory and statutory bodies, we would like to point out that since the chief executive took up office on July 1, 2012, a total of 3,707 appointments/reappointments have been made. The figure is not 1,250.

Further, the government does not distinguish candidates with a track record of "pro-democracy advocacy" from other candidates.

The government's appointment policy is to enlist the best available persons who meet the specific needs of the advisory and statutory bodies concerned.

In considering appointments and re-appointments, bureaus and departments objectively assess the suitability of the candidates, taking into account factors such as ability, expertise, experience, integrity and commitment to public service.

Lau also wrote, "Among the administration's favourite picks in the 157 rounds of appointments are the key players in Leung's election office." He went on to cite examples.

All the appointees he cited have given long and outstanding service to Hong Kong.

To exclude them because they were supporters of the chief executive in the election last year would run against our policy of appointing the best person for each position.

We would also like to put on record the fact that the chief executive was not involved in any way in the selection of the new president of Lingnan University.

There was no communication at all between the university and the chief executive before, during or after the selection.

The fact that Professor Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon was an adviser to the chief executive during the election campaign had nothing to do with his Lingnan appointment.

I hope the above provides an objective perspective to the appointment of non-official members of statutory or advisory bodies.

Nick Au Yeung, assistant director (media), Chief Executive's Office