A civil servant forced into early retirement after skipping work 69 times failed to have the decision overturned yesterday. Tang Kwok-wing, 41, a senior hawker control officer with the Urban Services Department, made 64 false entries in the attendance records, said Mr Justice Patrick Chan. The entries recorded that Mr Tang was at work when, according to immigration records, he had left Hong Kong through checkpoints at the Macau Ferry Terminal. Mr Tang claimed a disciplinary tribunal had been wrong to find him guilty of taking unauthorised leave and making bogus entries in the attendance records. He also argued the Secretary for Civil Service had imposed too harsh a sentence by forcing him to retire. But Mr Justice Chan rejected his claims in the High Court and upheld both decisions. 'He had been absent from work and had falsified entries in the attendance book on over 60 occasions. This is certainly not the proper conduct of a responsible officer.' The judge said the civil servant's conduct was 'clearly unacceptable'. Mr Tang claimed he had only taken time off when given permission by his employers. The entries in the record books were either made by him by mistake or another worker had forged his signature, he said.