The new SAR medals have a 'communist look' and are similar to awards granted by the mainland, an expert says. Most noticeable were the bravery medals, with silhouettes of male and female heads, said medal dealer Lee Hon-man, of New Century Collection Company. 'They are quite communist looking, they really follow the style of the Russians, especially with the design of the ribbon,' he said. Mr Lee said the medals, which were designed by the Information Services Department, were 'quite average'. The 18-carat gold Grand Bauhinia Medal, which officials said cost $6,000, was 'quite communist' in design, he said. It had a Chinese influence but there were also some British aspects. Rings of wheat encircling the other honours, except the Grand Bauhinia Medal, were a symbol for a good agricultural harvest in China and were also used on Russian medals, said Mr Lee. The design of the new honours symbolised a dramatic break with British awards, he said. However, officials dismissed suggestions the designs had a communist bent. Mainland medals, with more poetic and patriotic names, include the Order of the Brilliant Star, Order of the Precious Tripod, Order of National Glory and Order of Blue Sky and White Sun. Their symbols include scenes from around Tiananmen Square and the hammer and sickle. Meanwhile, commenting on the use of British titles in post-handover Hong Kong, Deputy Director of Administration Stephen Fisher said public servants could not list them in official publications and the civil list. But the initials could be listed on personal items such as name cards and personal stationery. 'There are no restrictions on the wearing of foreign honours by members of the public,' he said. Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who as a knight of the British Empire has been entitled to be called Sir since he was honoured in June last year, did not use the title, said his spokesman. 'Donald has only called himself Mr Donald Tsang,' she said.