The new police chief-designate, brother of Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, yesterday said there were enough checks in place to guard against any conflict of interest over his appointment. The administration announced yesterday that Beijing had approved Deputy Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui as the next police chief. He will take up the post on January 2. He was appointed after nomination and recommendation by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. The present commissioner, Eddie Hui Ki-on, 57, will begin pre-retirement leave from the same date, while the other deputy commissioner, Wong Tsan-kwong, will retire on January 13 at the age of 55. Mr Tsang, 54, joined the police as an inspector in January 1966. He was promoted to deputy commissioner in May 1996. Asked how he would avoid talking about work with his brother during family gatherings to prevent arousing suspicion of a possible conflict of interest, Mr Tsang said: 'To be honest, I don't meet my brother very often as he's busy and I'm busy. I think there are enough checks and counters within the government machinery to prevent any possible conflict of interest which may arise from the circumstances you've described.' A Civil Service Bureau spokesman said the organisation did not see any apparent conflict of interest with the two brothers in key government posts as the Police Commissioner was not directly under the Financial Secretary. She said there was a standard mechanism for the allocation of budgets for government departments and there would be no question of the Financial Secretary favouring his brother. Mr Tsang said he would consult officers of all ranks over the next two weeks before mapping out the future direction and priorities of the force. He said the force was investigating recent bombing cases and had stepped up patrols. He urged the public to stay alert during this 'high risk' period. Mr Tsang said he would consolidate the efforts of the force to modernise through the use of information technology and improve service quality. The Government also announced the promotion of senior assistant commissioners Lau Yuk-kuen and Lee Ming-kwai to the two deputy posts to be vacated by Mr Tsang and Mr Wong.