The legislative inquiry into civil servants' post-retirement employment yesterday rejected requests by four senior officials to classify as confidential documents concerning the approval of retired housing director Leung Chin-man's job with a developer. Lee Wing-tat, the Legislative Council select committee's deputy chairman, said members had agreed unanimously that the requests were unreasonable. Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee and three permanent secretaries - Mak Chai-kwong, Raymond Young Lap-moon and Thomas Chan Chun-yuen - wrote to the committee ahead of their testimony this month. They said government papers furnished to the inquiry should be confidential because they touched on 'personal matters'. But Mr Lee said doing so would prevent the documents being used as evidence and stop legislators citing any of their contents when questioning officials. 'I have read the papers and I find their requests very unreasonable,' the Democrat said. The papers contain the recommendations of government advisers on Mr Leung's application to take up work with New World Development's mainland property arm. The application was approved but he resigned within days of starting work as controversy raged about the job. Ronny Tong Ka-wah, a member of the inquiry, said 'personal' content was not sufficient grounds for classifying the papers confidential.