POLITICS

Former labour minister's aide takes new job at school

Zandra Mok is one of three political assistants to quit in the past two months

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 September, 2013, 4:41am

The labour and welfare minister's aide who resigned last month has been given approval to take a part-time job at a school.

Zandra Mok Yee-tuen, former political assistant to Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, will be assistant director of research and development at Infinity Children's School.

The school in Kowloon Tong is an alternative school that organises parenting and child development courses. She will start her new job on October 2.

The Advisory Committee on Post-office Employment for Former Chief Executives and Politically Appointed Officials said Mok's new job was not seen as causing any potential conflict of interest nor drawing any public criticism.

The advisory committee also did not anticipate adverse public reaction or public perception problems arising from the proposed employment.

Mok, 39, announced her resignation on August 10 and left the administration on August 24.

Political observers were unconvinced, and suggested Mok was disillusioned with Leung's government.

She explained at the time that she wanted to take care of her two children and denied it was because of any disagreement with the government.

Mok said yesterday her new job would involve just three to four hours a day. "My kids are studying at the school and I want to learn their teaching methods as well," she said.

"I can still spare time to take care of my children after taking up this job. Besides, the pressure from the new job is much lighter than working in the government."

She said she was unlikely to take up a full-time job before her children grew up.

Mok had been a political assistant to the secretary for labour and welfare since 2008 and before that was a reporter with TVB. She is a member of the think tank 30SGroup, which supported a campaign against teaching national education in schools.

Three political assistants have quit the administration in two months.

Development minister Paul Chan Mo-po's aide Henry Ho Kin-chung resigned last month after his family was found to own land in Kwu Tung that will be part of a redevelopment, while Carmen Cheung Sau-lai, assistant to Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, cited family reasons when she announced her resignation last Saturday.