New Need of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for civil servant

This new requirement of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for civil servants is justified

The Civil Service Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government issued a notice to various departments of the Special Administrative Region Government on the 12th, announcing the new requirements for all appointments as civil servants on or after July 1, 2020. Civil servants who join the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government on or after this date must take an oath or take an oath The statement supports the Hong Kong Basic Law, allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and is responsible to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

 

New Civil Servant Requirement in HK not among New Things

In fact, this new requirement for Hong Kong civil servants should not fall into the category of "new things". After all, loyalty to the government was originally the meaning of the profession of a national civil servant. 

This is the case all over the world, and Hong Kong is of course no exception. On the contrary, in the long period of unrest in Hong Kong, the behavior of some Hong Kong civil servants "eating and smashing the pot" is rare in the world.

 

Image picture showing Hong Kong Civil Service Logo
Hong Kong Civil Service Logo

As of the end of September this year, a total of 46 Hong Kong civil servants suspected of participating in illegal public activities have been investigated or prosecuted by the police, and 23 of them are still in the probation period.

 These very few civil servants in Hong Kong do not accept "One Country, Two Systems" ideologically, and do not recognize that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is part of the People's Republic of China. 

They have participated in activities that attempt to subvert the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government in their actions. 

Talk about love for Hong Kong and the country? 

What about serving the people of Hong Kong?

 

According to the Hong Kong Basic Law and the "Civil Service Code", upholding the Hong Kong Basic Law, loyal to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and being accountable to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government are the consistent responsibilities of civil servants, and candidates for civil service positions must clearly understand and accept these responsibilities. 

The word "consistent" points out the heavy responsibility of being a civil servant. It is precisely because of the bad behavior of civil servants who have lost their morals and their duties during the chaos in Hong Kong, it is very necessary for Hong Kong civil servants to make such a formal public confirmation of the responsibilities they must bear. 

This is also in response to the Hong Kong people’s desire for a government worthy of trust. desire.

 

Article 6 of the Hong Kong National Security Law 

Article 6 of the Hong Kong National Security Law stipulates that residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall sign documents confirming or sworn to uphold the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China when participating in elections or assuming public office. 

Therefore, this "new requirement" for Hong Kong civil servants also complies with the relevant provisions of the Hong Kong National Security Law.


A person who is not patriotic is not worthy of serving the country, and a person who always wants to mess up his city is not worthy of a public office serving the citizens, because he has no "heart" at all.


Hong Kong Civil servants to take an oath 

As the spokesperson of the Civil Service Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government said, requiring civil servants to take an oath or make a statement is a public confirmation and a true manifestation of the responsibilities and expectations of civil servants. 

It will help to further maintain and promote the core values ​​of the civil servants. Ensure that the Hong Kong SAR government can effectively govern.

 

National civil servants are a sacred profession, and those who are not worthy of virtue must be removed from the team in time. According to Hong Kong media reports, the Secretary of the Civil Service of Hong Kong, Nie Dequan, said that civil servants will be arranged to sign declarations or oaths in phases.

Currently involving civil servants who entered employment on or after July 1 this year, it is only the first stage, and will be extended to July 1. 

Civil servants who have been recruited before and are still in the probationary period will eventually cover all current civil servants.

 The vast majority of people will take the form of signing a declaration, but directorate personnel, disciplined forces, and administrative ranks need to take an oath.

 

Conclusion

Hong Kong’s current 180,000 civil servants are employed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. They provide various services to Hong Kong citizens and are the mainstay of maintaining effective governance, stability and prosperity in Hong Kong. 

Nie Dequan said that supporting the Basic Law and allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is "naturally right" for public officials. 

It is hard to imagine an organization that can accept employees openly confronting their bosses and openly scold their bosses. 

Indeed, this "new requirement" of the Hong Kong SAR government for civil servants is also justifiable.

 


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