[Topics in the 2020 Hong Kong Policy] (9) Modification of the “Oaths and Declarations Ordinance” for Public Officials ensure that Civil Servants uphold the “Basic Law” and be loyal to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Translator: Doco文鼎; Reviewer: Wencheng

Yesterday, according to rule 99 of the Basic Law, civil servants must fulfill their duties and be responsible to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The government has previously required that civil servants who joined on or after July 1 this year must, as required by the Civil Service Bureau, swear to uphold the Basic Law, be loyal to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and be responsible to the Special Administrative Region Government. As for other current civil servants, the Secretary for Civil Service will announce the specific implementation methods.

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During the British colonial era, Hong Kong cultivated a team of highly efficient and socially sense of mission civil servants in Hong Kong. They were dedicated and professional and recognized by the society. This kind of political neutrality of the Hong Kong-British colonial government has been destroyed in the hands of Lam. Starting today, civil servants must swear to uphold the Basic Law, be loyal to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and be responsible to the Special Administrative Region Government. In other words, civil servants must be politically correct, not politically neutral. This kind of loyal civil servant system will give rise to a large number of mediocre and corrputs officials. Lam replaced the promotion system of transparent evaluation with a black box operation, and replaced the elites with “responders.” This is a disaster for Hong Kong’s civil service system in the future.

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