Security chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee yesterday dismissed claims by former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang that civil service morale is low. 'Our colleagues have been working hard to keep Hong Kong stable and safe,' she said. 'Important ceremonies are held in an orderly manner and it is unfair to say the morale of the disciplined services has been low.' Speaking on Monday while attending the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's second term, Mrs Chan said: 'I think the civil service morale is currently very low. I hope Mr Tung and his team can soon restore and boost the morale.' Professor James Sung Lap-kung, senior lecturer at City University's School of Continuing and Professional Education, agreed with Mrs Chan. He said the civil service was unstable and that the government should postpone tabling the pay-cut bill.