Civil service unions have voiced fears over the shock resignations of the two government ministers. Federation of Civil Service Unions president Leung Chau-ting said the government apparently lacked clear leadership and staff would feel helpless. 'There seem to be no leaders now. The government's credibility rating has plunged to the doldrums. Even [chief executive] Mr Tung himself is facing a governance crisis. We feel that we are completely lost,'' he said. The Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants' Association yesterday said it was concerned about who would succeed finance chief Antony Leung Kam-chung and Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the Secretary for Security. Association president Cecilia So Chui-kuen said: 'Naturally we are concerned about who will replace them. The co-operation between the ministers and the civil servants will directly affect staff morale.' Ms So said while the chief executive had the discretion to pick talent from the private sector, she believed there were qualified candidates from within the civil service who would be more familiar with the government's operations and who would co-operate better with staff. Secretary for the Civil Service Joseph Wong Wing-ping dismissed fears that staff morale would be affected by the resignations. 'Changes in the political layer of the government should not affect the morale of the civil service. I think our civil service remains a very dedicated and a very efficient civil service,'' he said. Unions representing disciplined services - for which the secretary of security is responsible - and general staff sought to play down the impact on civil servants, saying departures of individual ministers should not affect daily operations or staff morale. Tony Liu Kit-ming, chairman of the police Local Inspectors' Association, said the departure of individual ministers was to be expected. Senior Non-Expatriate Officers Association chairman Pang Tat-choi said he believed the civil service would maintain political neutrality and professionalism.