Edited by Wenyi and PureHeart-Yuan

Hong Kong media said on December 13 that Hong Kong civil servants are required to swear or sign a declaration of support for the Basic Law and allegiance to the Hong Kong SAR. Hong Kong Civil Service Secretary Nip Tak-kuen said in a television program that a circular on the arrangements would be issued by the end of this month or early next month. All 180,000 civil servants will have about a month to sign the oath, which will be arranged through departmental and policy bureaux, while permanent secretaries and heads of departments will make separate arrangements to take the oath.

The oath is to uphold the Basic Law and allegiance to the SAR, if not and confront the interests of the SAR or sabotage, this involves the national security level. Nip Deguen stressed that it is not a problem for civil servants to have opinions on policies or measures, but it is another matter to adopt a confrontational or hostile attitude towards the government, or even to reject the government altogether. If someone refuses to sign, Nip said he will first understand the reason and then deal with it according to the mechanism of the Public Service (Administration) Order. He stressed that upholding the Basic Law and allegiance to the SAR is the basic responsibility of civil servants, from the first day of joining the government has to assume. If there is a case of refusal to sign the statement against the public interest, then the consequence is to be dismissed or ordered to retire.

Editor’s view

About 180,000 civil servants in Hong Kong at the end of this month or early next month will receive the details of the arrangements for the oath of allegiance to the Basic Law and the HKSAR, requiring civil servants to sign a declaration within a month, if you refuse to sign the declaration or oath, it will not just affect promotion, as said earlier, but the need to leave the civil service, and cannot be regarded as leaving, but affect the pension arrangements. Other civil servants are concerned that signing the oath statement will affect future immigration to other places, so tend not to sign.

This concern of civil servants is not unreasonable. Hong Kong’s own media program [China Minxin Hong Kong Minxin] said that a large number of readers are worried that the signing will affect future immigration. The situation is completely different from the past, when a person took out his retirement fund early and emigrated from Hong Kong.

The previous practice was that the withdrawer could withdraw the retirement fund by taking an oath; but now the civil servant must submit the address and contact number of the country to which he intends to emigrate to the MPFA.

So, what does the Hong Kong Communist government want?

Many HA employees signed a second contract after 2000, and the new contract specified that the former pension would be abolished and replaced by a 15% monthly contribution from the employer (government), which is a considerable amount of money. If you take the oath, you must re-sign the contract after taking the oath. Once that civil servant is gone, the government of course has information about his country of immigration, and his address (you will not be able to withdraw your retirement savings without filling out this part of the information). In the future, once you immigrate, the government will turn over the documents you have sworn to the local government, and once turned over, you may have your permanent residency revoked. This is kidnapping in disguise. At that time, you will not be able to leave and withdraw your retirement savings. This is the government’s way of forcing civil servants to choose sides.

The above views are the author’s own.