Hong Kong, December 2 The Hong Kong SAR Government has earlier requested civil servants who enter the post on or after July 1 this year to take an oath or sign a declaration to uphold the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, to be loyal to the HKSAR and be accountable to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Secretary for the Civil Service of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Mr. Tak Kwon, said on December 2 that civil servants who entered the above date will take an oath or sign a declaration once, and the preparations are nearing completion.
In a written reply to the questioning of Legislative Council members on the same day, he said that the oath or declaration was the consistent responsibility and responsibility of civil servants, and it was also the consistent expectation and requirement of the SAR government and society. The employees of civil service positions must be clearly aware of and accepted these responsibilities.
Ti Dequan pointed out that between July 1 and October 31 this year, there were about 2,980 civil servants from about 140 grades who joined the HKSAR government and made statements. During this period, no civil servant was terminated for not making a relevant declaration; and all the appointed personnel have signed the declaration.
As for the arrangements for civil servants who joined the HKSAR Government before July 1 this year to take an oath or make a declaration, Mr. Tak Quan pointed out that the Bureau’s decision fully reflects that civil servants will take an oath or sign a declaration once, and the preparation for finalizing and implementing the arrangements is nearing completion.
Mr. Tak Kwon said that if the current civil servant does not sign a declaration or take an oath, it will raise questions about whether the civil servant has a basic sense of responsibility and commitment as a civil servant, and the promotion of the person concerned will inevitably be affected, and management may also have doubts about the suitability of the officer to continue to perform official duties.