Citic Pacific managing director Henry Fan Hung-ling, who has taken a leave of absence from his public posts, has not been reappointed to chair a civil service advisory body. After Citic Pacific's six-week delay in making an announcement about its massive losses in foreign-exchange dealings, the government approved Mr Fan's request in late October to step away from all public duties. Critics had raised doubts over Mr Fan's credibility amid the public scrutiny. Mr Fan was an executive councillor and chairman of the standing committee on disciplined services salaries and conditions of service, among other appointments. The government announced yesterday that Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, the committee's current acting chairman, had been appointed to chair the advisory body for two years from next month. Lawmaker Ip Kwok-him, who has been reappointed as a member of the committee, agreed with the move to leave out Mr Fan. 'I think it is an appropriate decision, as Mr Fan's term would have expired by the end of this year. His company's affairs have attracted a lot of public attention,' he said. Asked whether the government should stop Mr Fan's reappointment to other public posts, Mr Ip said each case should be considered individually.