Civil Service

Talking points

Joseph Lau Luen-hung

An unmarried mother convicted of handing her five-year-old son to a paedophile in exchange for cash is due to appear in the Court of First Instance for sentencing.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am

The 'hidden man' behind civil service

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

After decades of navigating the choppy waters of officialdom, the persistently low-key Paul Tang Kwok-wai has had a taste of public defeat. As secretary for the civil service, Tang recently came under fire for failing to unite the 160,000 public servants behind a common front ahead of the annual wage adjustment announced this month.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Call for Exco-union talks on civil service wages before decision

Philip Kwok Chi-tak, chairman of the Senior Government Officers Association, speaks to the media on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Philip Kwok Chi-tak, who represents senior government employees, said his union would ask Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to set up an independent arbitration panel to settle a dispute over this year's unpopular below-inflation offer.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Civil service is cosiest collective bargain

Civil service is cosiest collective bargain

Do I take it then, C.Y., that you would be in favour of a collective bargaining law if the economy did look good? And what is so bad about the look of the economy at the moment, Sir?

14 May 2013 - 3:32am 6 comments

'No rules broken' in cross-lease of flats in Mak case

Joseph Wong Wing-ping

Former secretary for the civil service Joseph Wong Wing-ping was called by former development minister Mak Chai-kwong to testify in a housing allowance fraud trial involving Mak and assistant highways director Tsang King-man.

8 May 2013 - 7:42am

Frugality not a word in civil service lexicon

Mooncakes come at a cost

Yes, there is an iceberg, as some legislators suspect. The tip we are now seeing exposes the nauseating extravagance of former ICAC commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming at taxpayers' expense. The iceberg runs deep. But what lies underneath doesn't solely represent Tong's misdeeds. It represents the entrenched culture of extravagance that contaminates our entire civil service.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am 1 comment

China Digest, March 11, 2013

The municipal government plans to buy 5,000 electric vehicles this year, the Beijing Times reports. Most of the vehicles will be used by civil servants or bus companies for public transport.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

Police union seeks to raise officers' retirement age

Gallant Garden honours civil servants who die on duty.

The union has written to Ip, who chairs the Legislative Council's panel of public services, asking her to bring the matter to the attention of the legislature.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Government looks for a new director of public prosecutions

Shek Kwu Chau

We have been talking for some months now about the interest on the part of Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos in becoming a judge. We see that the first shoe in that scenario dropped over the weekend with a government advertisement for a director of public prosecutions. This implies that Zervos has tended his resignation.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Record numbers flock to take civil service exam

Test-takers in Yinchuan, in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, check a board directing them where to sit the exam. Photo: Xinhua

Hundreds of thousands packed out schools and universities across China yesterday to take the national civil service exam, with a record number registering in search of a stable government job.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:59am

Last of overseas police officers heading to retirement

Dozens of overseas police officers who became part of the thin blue line in Hong Kong during the 1970s and 1980s are fast approaching the mandatory retirement age of 55, making a sharp dent in this group, which numbered close to 800 at its peak.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am 1 comment

Think tanks should play bigger role in policymaking

Some of Bauhinia Foundation's proposals won government support and became public policy.

Hong Kong has no shortage of bodies specialising in public policy research. They range from well-established university institutes to independent think tanks financed by private donations. Over the years, their role in governance and politics has become increasingly important. Some have generated high-quality studies and stimulated healthy debate on issues of public concern.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

China Digest, October 24, 2012


Hero gets his reward

24 Oct 2012 - 12:35am

Civil service spends HK$25 correcting 80 cent slip-up

Markus Shaw

Hong Kong's civil servants have just cemented their reputation as obsessive bureaucrats.

Election officials found an error of 80 cents - or HK$0.809 to be precise - and then spent HK$25.40 to put it right.

16 Oct 2012 - 3:14am 2 comments

Ex-minister in probe had several checks

The misconduct alleged against the former development chief is all the more surprising because of the many integrity checks he underwent during his 30 years in the civil service.

But civil service unions said yesterday that Mak Chai-kwong's receipt of government perks would not have been the focus of the strict, multi-layer scrutiny system.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am