Civil servants are rarely loved, but they are also indispensable. As a colonial legacy, they have traditionally enjoyed better pay and greater prestige than most of their overseas peers.Thursday, 30 April, 2009, 12:00am
The government must closely watch whether the 'accountability system' will make a career in the service less attractive because political appointees have now taken the top policymaking positions that used to be reserved for civil servants.29 Apr 2009 - 12:00am
One of the least edifying pictures to appear this week was of a broadly grinning Inland Revenue Commissioner Alice Lau Mak Yee-ming announcing that we, the taxpayers, had poured over HK$200 billion into the government's coffers last year. Yes, Mrs Lau, this was indeed a record, but is it something to be proud of?9 May 2008 - 12:00am
Plans to fix the number of civil servants who may be assigned certain grades in each band of the service's new performance assessment system have been dropped following stiff opposition. However, departments will still not be allowed to inflate staff assessments.17 May 2000 - 12:00am
THERE are some apparent misconceptions in Mr Tim Hamlett's letter (South China Morning Post, March 31) which warrant clarification.14 Apr 1994 - 12:00am
MR A. K. Chui is very free with words like ''misinformation'' (South China Morning Post, March 28).
His figures are the same as my figures, which is not surprising, as mine came from reports of official speeches to the Legislative Council Finance Committee.31 Mar 1994 - 12:00am
I AM writing to correct the misconceptions and misinformation contained in Mr Tim Hamlett's article ''It's nice work if you can get it'', published on the South China Morning Post 's comment page on March 23.28 Mar 1994 - 12:00am
LET us pause for a few moments this morning to celebrate the good fortune of Augustine Chui Kam. Mr Chui, usually referred to as ''Gus Chui'' by connoisseurs of these things, used to be a senior civil servant. He has now retired. I take this to mean that he now draws a generous government pension, or such part of it as he has not opted to collect as a farewell lump sum.23 Mar 1994 - 12:00am
THE Chief Secretary, Sir David Ford, yesterday warned legislators against meddling in senior civil service appointments.
He said members of the Finance Committee group dealing with establishment matters had an important duty in examining and approving directorate postings.25 Nov 1993 - 12:00am
THE Government's unprecedented move to reveal the name of the next Director of Architectural Services before obtaining final approval was yesterday defended.
The chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Augustine Chui Kam, said Kenneth Chan Yat-sum, 53, was such a strong and sure choice he agreed to an early announcement.13 Aug 1993 - 12:00am