Hong Kong civil servants refused visas
The deadline for all serving civil servants to take an oath or sign a declaration to uphold the Basic Law and serve the HKSAR expires at the end of February. However, according to a report by “Hong Kong 01” on March 8, Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Civil Service Nie Tak-kuen revealed for the first time in an interview recently that nearly 200 people had not signed the oath declaration, and the departments were collating the information they received and giving details later.
The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) is one of 12 bureaux of the HKSAR Government responsible for managing the policy work of the civil service as a whole.
Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr Nie Tak-kuen
Nie Dequan: It’s not a bad thing
In October last year, the Civil Service Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government issued a circular to all government departments that civil servants appointed on or after July 1, 2020 must take an oath or make a declaration to uphold the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, be loyal to the HKSAR and be responsible to the HKSAR Government.
In January this year, the HKSAR Government issued a circular to all civil servants in Hong Kong, asking them to sign up to support the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the HKSAR, and to sign and return the circular within one month. If someone did not sign, be about to start a program, understand the reason that civil servant does not sign. The civil servant concerned shall not be promoted or transferred during the commencement of the proceedings. The Government will consider whether the officer concerned will be asked to retire or leave the service as the case may be.
Nie Dequan revealed for the first time that nearly 200 people had failed to sign the oath statement, according to a March 8 report by “Hong Kong 01”.
Asked about civil servants who did not or refused to sign the declaration, Mr Nie said the signing of the declaration was to affirm their allegiance to and support the Basic Law and the HKSAR, their devotion to their duties and their responsibility to the HKSAR government, stressing that this was the basic responsibility of civil servants.
Nie said most of his colleagues have signed a statement to clarify and accept the responsibility. “If there is something they cannot accept, it is their own choice for them to leave the government, and it is not a bad thing for the civil service team,” he said. He noted that the remaining members of the Civil Service knew clearly their roles and responsibilities, which were to serve the community well and to implement the principle of “one country, two systems”.
Nie also said that in all countries and regions, asking rulers to love their country is not a controversial issue at all, because it is a matter of course and obvious. Nie DeQuan believes that the civil servant team is an important part of the political system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. They should clearly understand and accept that the love of the country means the love of the People’s Republic of China, and the ruling organ of the People’s Republic of China is the Communist Party. He stressed that senior civil servants assumed greater responsibility, which made it more important to accurately understand and implement the principle of “one country, two systems”.
Civil servant promotion to the two offices audit? Nie Dequan: The two places have different systems
Mr Nie said that Hong Kong and the mainland have different systems under the “one country, two systems” policy, including the civil service system. He stressed that Hong Kong’s civil servants are recruited, promoted, transferred and even paid differently.
Asked if he would promise that none of this would happen during his tenure, Mr Nie said: “I think it is very clear in the Basic Law that the HKSAR is responsible for this system. But do you think the system for the management of the civil service should remain unchanged? Absolutely not. We all have to adapt to the development. We need to strengthen some areas and adjust some areas.