Former police commissioner lands top job at Hong Kong Airlines

Tang King-shing has been appointed vice-chairman and executive director of the airline’s board, responsible for overseeing the company’s development strategies

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 September, 2016, 9:27pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 September, 2016, 10:12pm

Former police commissioner Tang King-shing has landed a top job at Hong Kong Airlines, making him the latest in a series of top ­police officers to take up senior jobs in private companies.

Tang, who retired in 2011, was appointed vice-chairman and executive director of the airline’s board, responsible for overseeing development strategies, the airline announced yesterday.

The announcement came after the Civil Service Bureau last week cleared another three top former police officers’ applications to work for the private sector, including former police chief, Tang’s successor, Andy Tsang Wai-hung, who took up a consultant job for HK$1 million a year for the Chen Hsong Group, founded by the father of pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan.

Tsang, who retired in May last year on an HK$80,000 monthly pension, has past a one-year prohibition period of working for the private sector.

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For senior civil servants at his level, there is usually another three-year “sanitation period”, in which any attempt to work for private companies must be approved by the bureau.

Tang said he did not think civil servants starting working during this period was problematic, as long as the bureau approved.

“People need to look at this with an open mind,” said Tang, who has passed the sanitation period and declined to reveal his salary with the new job.

But newly-elected lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting, of the Democratic Party, said even though there was no procedural problem, starting work during the sanitation period would affect the Police Force’s public image.

“It will make people suspicious,” said Lam. “Why are you so eager to start working?”

Tang was appointed a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in 2013. He has also been taking a number of public service roles such as a director of the Hong Kong News-Expo and the chairman of the Country and Marine Parks Board.

Tang said he used to be an airport district commander at Kai Tak airport in the 1990s and had a special interest in airlines.

Retired former assistant commissioner Cheung Tak-keung, is now working for the Aviation Security Company as an assistant executive director.

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.