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Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 02:41
CS praises professionalism of civil servants
By Kathy Zhang
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 02:41 By Kathy Zhang

In this March 22, 2019 photo, Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, third right, accompanied by the Vice-Chairman of the Youth Development Commission Lau Ming-wai, third left, presents certificates to owners and operating agencies participating in the Space Sharing Scheme for Youth, in Hong Kong. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR)

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung on Tuesday expressed gratitude to all civil servants who have held on steadfastly to their duties despite the disruption caused by protests against the suspended extradition bill.

The Central Government Complex in Admiralty had to be closed for five working days since mid-June when anti-extradition law demonstrations erupted

In a letter to civil servants, Cheung urged them to continue upholding their professional spirit, serving the people and leading the community forward.

Public services had been severely interrupted in the past few days as protesters laid siege to Revenue Tower and Immigration Tower in Wan Chai, blocking off the main entrances, which prevented civil servants from performing their duties.

The Central Government Complex in Admiralty had to be closed for five working days since mid-June when anti-extradition law demonstrations erupted.

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Cheung asked civil servants for understanding of the decision to shut down the complex, which caused them inconvenience and anxiety.

He said the government attaches great importance to the safety of civil servants, and pledged to make all feasible and appropriate arrangements to ensure their protection and well-being.

He urged all public servants to help safeguard Hong Kong’s core values, including the rule of law, judicial independence, human rights, freedom, and a plural society.

“I hope calm can return to the community as soon as possible, and the people can start all over again,” Cheung said.

Leung Chau-ting, chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Federation of Civil Service Unions, said Cheung’s letter is necessary in addressing civil servants’ concerns about their work being disrupted.

He said recent incidents in the city had piled pressure on civil servants, forcing them to work overtime to meet schedules. He appealed to the public to show understanding for them.

“Let’s uphold the principle of political neutrality and serve the people with dedication,” Leung told civil servants.

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Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said on Tuesday the past two weeks had been a volatile period for Hong Kong and the government.

Speaking at the launch of the Chinese Medicine Development Fund, she also expressed the hope that the city can leave the past behind and move on.

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