Lam affirms SAR’s officials appointed on merit
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor stressed on Tuesday that merit is the guiding principle in forming her governing team.
She made the remark after appointing 10 under secretaries and eight political assistants to her administration on Tuesday.
“Recruiting talent on merit is the guiding principle for forming the governing team,” she said.
Lam said the newly appointed under secretaries and political assistants agree with her manifesto and share her philosophy of governance for the new-term administration.
In her election campaign, Carrie Lam vowed that members of her administration would be “passionate, capa- ble and committed”.
The newly appointed officials will contribute to their respective policy areas by helping the secretaries liaise extensively with various sectors of the community and strengthen communication between the government and legislature, she said.
They will also gauge views from different channels and explain government policies and measures to achieve effective governance and build a better Hong Kong, Lam added.
Appointees included Under Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin, former vice-chairwoman of a key education group — the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers.
Choi, 50, has worked in the education field for more than 20 years, teaching in secondary schools for more than a decade since 1988.
In 2013, she became principal of Fukien Secondary School (Siu Sai Wan). She took part in social and educational work at the time, including setting up the Hong Kong Teachers Dream Fund.
Choi also served on the Fight Crime Committee and the Commission on Youth.
The new Under Secretary for Security, Sonny Au Chikwong, was formerly director of crime and security of the Hong Kong Police Force.
Au joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1980 and worked his way up.
Police welcome the appointment of Au. “We believe that Mr Au will co-ordinate all disciplined services departments within the Security Bureau with a view to providing quality services to members of the public,” the police said.
The Office of the Chief Executive announced on Tuesday the appointments of 10 under secretaries for policy bureaus, including Christine Choi Yuk-lin as under secretary for education. Choi’s appointment was widely expected despite fanatical opposition from the “pan-democrat” camp, motivated by sheer political bias and fear for patriotism. Some prominent opposition figures went so far as to warn CE Carrie Lam Cheng Yuetngor that it would be declaring war against the “pan-democrats” if she appoints Choi as under secretary for education. They practically accused her of further dividing society by appointing Choi before she made the announcement.
In response, Lam has said more than once recently she would appoint candidates for under secretary posts on their professional merits and willingness to execute government policies effectively as well as commitment to serving Hong Kong according to the Basic Law and other laws. Indeed Choi is well qualified for the job with many years of experience as an education official before assuming the position of secondary school principal for three years. More importantly, she shares Lam’s vision and philosophy about education reform and development.
The opposition camp, meanwhile, fiercely opposes Choi’s appointment purely because she was a vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, which is labeled “proBeijing” by the opposition camp, particularly the Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union. The opponents fear Choi would reintroduce national education as a standard curriculum in primary and secondary schools, which they demonized in “white terror” fashion a few years ago and labeled patriotism a bad thing. And the prime reason behind their hatred for patriotism is the political bias they harbored against the political institution practiced on the mainland.
It is also such political bias that is at the heart of all efforts by the opposition camp to undermine the lawful administration of the SAR government. This is because they simply cannot reconcile with the fact that Hong Kong is now a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which has been governed by the Communist Party of China for nearly 70 years. In a way they resent everything about the PRC because of this constitutional reality. They consequently refuse to accept any patriot as a top education official for Hong Kong. They firmly believe the best way to continue their anti-communist crusade is maintaining an army of political fanatics brainwashed since first day in school.
This political bias was also instrumental in helping the opposition block the SAR government’s first attempt to introduce national education back in 2012. And the opposition is afraid Choi’s appointment would pave the way for the government to try national education again in the near future. To indulge this fear they have been doing everything they can to divide Hong Kong society with political bias. Choi’s appointment is just another excuse for them to keep dividing society.