Civil servants must respect ‘one country, two systems’
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Tuesday said the government was still hiring under secretaries and political assistants who respect the principle of “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law.
She made the remarks when asked about requirements for the city’s officials and civil servants.
Lam told an earlier media briefing they should streamline administration and delegate more power to lower levels. This is in order to maintain a high level of efficiency and reduce pressure.
Lam noted that the civil ser- vants should continue to be attentive to their duties and the implementation of “one country, two systems”. They should also maintain prosperity and stability of the city and actively address people’s needs.
The new leader acknowledged civil servants’ hard work over the past 20 years. Lam urged them to work closely with her to achieve the government’s new goal — which she proposed in her election manifesto — as an excellent “public service provider, supervisor, facilitator and promoter”.
Lam’s requirements for civil servants echoed President Xi Jinping’s speech delivered on July 1 at the swearing-in ceremony. The State leader discussed the central government’s expectations for Hong Kong’s fifth-term government.
Xi referred to a classical Chinese quote: “It is a shame if an official always avoids things.”
The president said he hoped officials and civil servants would be responsible and resolute when addressing difficult problems.
The Hong Kong government introduced the Political Appointments System in 2008, with two layers of politically appointed officials — under secretaries and political assistants — serving below secretaries.
The government has three key secretaries — chief secretary for administration, secretary for justice and financial secretary — and 13 secretaries.