Author: 骑着毛驴来挺郭, Pearl White, Chloe
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The Chinese Communist Party is speeding up its purge of the Hong Kong government, accelerating its control of all aspects of Hong Kong state apparatus.  Civilization in Hong Kong has been stifled.  Democracy and freedom have gone out of the window.

Early  this year, Hong Kong’s 180,000 civil servants were told to sign a document pledging their loyalty to the Chinese-ruled city’s mini-constitution and dedication to the government.

The declaration requires the civil servants not only to be dedicated in their duties, but also to uphold Hong Kong’s Basic Law and “bear allegiance” to the city and its government.

In a circular to civil servants, officials pointed out that advocating or supporting” Hong Kong independence”, refusing to recognize China’s sovereignty over the city, soliciting intervention by foreign or external forces into the city’s affairs, or carrying out activities that endanger national security  was not allowed.

Failure in signing this pledge could result in the termination of the job.

Nip Tak-kuen, the Secretary of Hong Kong SAR Government Civil Service Bureau, said on April 19 that among 129 civil servants who refused to sign the statement, 25 have left the service.  The Bureau has written to the remaining civil servants who refused to take the oath, requesting a written explanation of the reasons, etc., and will speed up the follow-up work.

Nip Tak-kuen made such remarks at a meeting of the Legislative Council Panel on Public Service held on the same day.

Nip said the follow-up procedures include asking civil servants who refused to take the oath to explain why they did not sign the statement; consulting the Civil Service Commission on whether the case needs to leave, and if their employment is terminated under the relevant regulations, they can also appeal within a period of time.   Among them, the work of requesting explanations has been largely completed. Among the responses received, some claim that the declaration is in conflict with holding foreign nationality, etc.  But such explanation is not reasonable, as Nip asserted “regardless of their nationality, when they serve as civil servants, they should support the Basic Law and allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”

He also revealed that for government officials employed under non-civil service contract terms, including contracted employees and those re-employed after retirement, the SAR government will announce the signing of the declaration in May.

In addition, Nip Tak-kuen pointed out that looking forward, civil service training is very important. The Civil Service College will focus on four courses, including strengthening civil servants’ understanding and knowledge of the Basic Law, the constitutional order of the HKSAR, Hong Kong’s national security laws and the development of the country.

The SAR government will also strengthen exchanges with the mainland by allowing Hong Kong civil servants to work for a short period of time in government departments in different cities in mainland China, including the Greater Bay Area, to observe and experience the mainland system and government work at close quarters, said Nip Tak Kuen.