Former Hong Kong police chief cleared for HK$1 million job at firm founded by pro-Beijing lawmaker’s father

After retiring with HK$80,000 a month pension, ‘bald eagle’ Andy Tsang starts work as corporate strategy chief at manufacturing company

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 September, 2016, 6:57pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 September, 2016, 11:20pm

Former police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung has received the green light to take up a HK$1 million a year consultancy job at a company founded by a pro-Beijing lawmaker’s father.

Two other former top police officers also secured approval to take up senior roles at private companies, according to records on the Civil Service Bureau’s website.

Tsang, who retired in May last year, was nicknamed “bald eagle” – partly for his hair loss and partly for his tough leadership.

He started his new job on September 19 as group corporate strategy chief at the Chen Hsong Group. The group, one of the largest injection moulding machinery manufacturers in the world, was started by Chiang Chen, father of Ann Chiang Lai-wan, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

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Tsang will be responsible for areas such as strategic planning, organisation reviews, leadership training and team building, and offering personal advice and other consultancy services.

The Civil Service Bureau approved Tsang’s application with restrictions, including that he cannot use or disclose any classified or unclassified information relating to police strategies, investigations and operations acquired during his police service.

The bureau’s website does not state Tsang’s salary but the Post learnt he would be on an annual salary of about HK$1 million. Tsang is also on a pension of over HK$80,000 a month.

Tsang told reporters when he retired that he hoped to devote himself to voluntary work. “I am seeking jobs that pay me HK$1 a year,” he said.

The bureau also approved an application from former assistant commissioner Cheung Tak-keung, who retired in January, to work for the Aviation Security Company as an assistant executive director in human resources, administration and commercial affairs.

Cheung started the job on August 30. He is not allowed to use or disclose any classified or sensitive information obtained during his time in the force.

Former deputy commissioner Ma Wai-luk, who retired in September 2014, started his new job as a consultant for Hang Lung (Administration) on August 15. He is under the same restrictions as Tsang.

Civil servants who reached directorate level must serve a sanitation period of at least one year before they can work in the private sector.