The primary group of high-ranking officers took oaths vowing to uphold Hong Kong’s legal guidelines on Wednesday, thus fulfilling a brand new requirement for an expression of loyalty following the adoption of Beijing’s new safety legislation.
Standing in entrance of town’s chief government, Carrie Lam, at authorities headquarters, the 12 undersecretaries and 14 political assistants collectively recited the oath to uphold the legislation and bear allegiance to the Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area (HKSAR).
The ceremony was led by Undersecretary for the Atmosphere Tse Chin-wan, essentially the most senior official within the group. A Hong Kong authorities spokesman mentioned the officers “made a solemn promise on their duties,” including that the transfer will increase “the boldness of the general public within the politically-appointed officers.”
Undersecretaries and political assistants are seen extra as political appointees, however all 180,000 civil servants in Hong Kong are anticipated to take the oath by the top of subsequent month. After Beijing launched the nationwide safety legislation in June, public workplace holders in Hong Kong are required to make such pledges.
In her coverage speech on November 26, Lam described Hong Kong as a “gaping gap” in China’s nationwide safety and mentioned the oath is legally binding, whereas related native legal guidelines will take care of these “who’ve engaged in conduct that breaches the oath after swearing-in.”
Nonetheless, opponents see the brand new coverage as a option to clamp down on dissent amongst civil servants. Lam Cheuk-ting of the Democratic Social gathering has mentioned that China solely needs lawmakers who’re keen to function inside its confines, calling it “a political sign fired by Beijing.”
Civil servants took half in anti-government protests final 12 months, calling for better democracy. They organized one rally, which was joined by tens of hundreds, and a few of the organizers posted nameless ID playing cards on-line to point out help for the protest motion.
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