Is $2.2 million a year of taxpayers' money to keep former chief executives in the manner they are accustomed to worth it? The constitutional affairs panel last week unveiled a proposal for an office for former chief executives to discharge 'promotional and protocol-related functions'. The annual $2.2 million running cost provides for an office, three secretarial and clerical staff, and a car and driver to help a former chief executive 'receive dignitaries and delegations, give media interviews, attend public and social events and take part in speaking engagements'. The Sunday Morning Post took a look at the recent public engagements of Hong Kong's one and only former chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, to gauge how hectic life is after running 'Asia's World City'. In opening a new chapter in his life, Mr Tung, it seems, has been rather busy. The latest public appearance of Mr Tung, who resigned in March citing health reasons, was on Thursday, when he attended a meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He was elected a CPPCC vice-chairman shortly after his resignation. A day earlier, Mr Tung visited the six astronauts who had been shortlisted for China's second manned space mission. With Premier Wen Jiabao , he watched Shenzhou VI blast off at the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province . Mr Tung's work rate has been high - he has officiated at exhibitions and attended business dinners and functions with mainland officials. He participated in National Day celebrations with the director of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, Gao Siren, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioner in Hong Kong, Yang Wenchang . He attended the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration with the two officials, and enjoyed the evening with his successor, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. He was also one of those invited to have breakfast with Vice-President Zeng Qinghong during his three-day visit to Hong Kong last month.