The Hong Kong government recently promoted another former police officer to a key role in policing officials. Kwok Yam-shu, a former deputy police commissioner, who retired in April 2022, will be the first director of the Civil Service College and will take office on July 5. While the Hong Kong government and politicians have praised Kwok’s management experience in the police force, some analysts believe the appointment is a sign that the government will try to instill loyalty and compliance in officials, who were trained to defend values such as political neutrality, professionalism and performance.
On June 1, the Hong Kong government announced Kwok’s appointment as head of the Civil Service College, following an open, internal recruitment process, with a monthly salary of HK$273,000 (US$35,000). ). In June 2021, when the government proposed the post for approval by the Legislative Council, it was already rumored that Kwok would be appointed to the post.
Kwok’s wolf-warrior style rhetoric: the UK is a “thief” and the The basic DNA of the United States is aggressive
Kwok Yam-shu, 57, who served in the Hong Kong police for 31 years, starting as an inspector in 1990 and promoted to chief superintendent in 2007, chief superintendent in 2011, deputy commissioner in 2014, senior deputy commissioner in 2017, and under -commissioner in 2019, had just retired in April, before his appointment.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle last year, Kwok spoke about Hong Kong’s national security law and other issues. He said Hong Kong faced a “perpetual” national security risks. “There are countries on earth whose basic DNA is aggressive.” He was talking about the United States. He also added that it was an “open secret” that the United States intended to “stifle China’s development”.
He compared the UK to a ‘thief’, who needs to return a stolen family heirloom but is unhappy when the owner decides to increase its security measures.
Dr Wong Wai-kwok, a former assistant professor of politics and international relations at Hong Kong Baptist University, said Hong Kong already has a “politically correct” atmosphere in which the discourse is more left-wing, radical and extreme. , the more likely it may be appreciated by Lee Ka-chiu and Beijing Liaison Offices, and “lead to better positions and higher ranks”. He pointed out that when the government is made up of a group of people who are extreme in word, thought and action, it is easy to make policy mistakes, leading to disastrous or unpredictable results.
The executive leadership of the Hong Kong government should be replaced
The establishment of the Civil Service College was proposed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam in her 2017 policy speech and the college was established in December 2021. According to the Hong Kong government, the College will improve civil servants’ understanding of the Constitution China, the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR, the National Security Law of Hong Kong, as well as their knowledge of national affairs, which is considered “the top priority of civil service training”. In addition, the College will strengthen its training programs, with more study tours and exchange activities organized in mainland China.
Interviewed by Sarah Liang (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhKz_dpX9n8), a Chinese-language reporter for the Epoch Times, senior banker Victor Ng Ming-tak said government administrative officers (AOs) were conspicuously absent from Lee’s campaign advisory team, which included a 90-member presidium and 58 consultants. “Not a single one was a (current) administrative officer (AO),” he said, in all of Lee’s campaign team. He predicted that over the next 25 years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would gradually replace the current executive level of government, i.e. more than 300 administrative officers, and that this would be the top priority of Lee Ka-chiu to replace the current level rank with the new mainland migrants in Hong Kong, who have Beijing’s support and would not need to worry about Hong Kong people when pushing their policies. “It will be a very smooth race for them.”
Professor Wong Wai-Kwok: Police should follow orders while officials should be politically neutral; The two are fundamentally different
Dr Wong Wai-kwok also pointed out that the appointment signified that the government deliberately wanted to influence the civil service through the police or law enforcement sector. In the long term, he argued, having a former policeman hold any position in government would weaken the power and influence of traditional civil servants and administrative officers.
According to Wong, policing is about loyalty and following orders, while public service is about political neutrality, professionalism and performance. The formations are fundamentally different for the two. He said Regina Yip, a former security secretary, was wrong to cite police management experience as Kwok’s strength for her new post. “Besides being ignorant, she was obviously biased towards disciplinary forces due to her background,” Wong said.
Wong also argued that civil service training is political training in nature. Under the CCP dictatorship, the Civil Service College would become the “party school”, producing “politically correct” cadres, toeing the party line and implementing party wishes.
According to the current training rules of the CCP National Civil Service Bureau, the civil service training program must ensure that “the CCP controls the cadres.” Senior officials (at county level or above) are required to attend party school every five years.