On June 8, Civil Servant Bureau Chief Patrick Nip told all government staff in Hong Kong their “dual-identities” as both “servants for Hong Kong SAR and for China”. He called it mandatory to show loyalty to the Chief Executive and her administration. He warned the staff not to oppose the government.
All three unions, namely Hong Kong Federation of Civil Service Unions, the Union for New Civil Servants and Hong Kong Senior Government Officers Association, were shocked to hear that and expressed that they had never heard of anything like that before.
Before 1997, Hong Kong’s civil servant system had been praised for its professionalism and impartiality. After 1997, the Hong Kong SAR Government, however, demands civil servants to display “neutrality” by supporting the authorities unconditionally.
There are currently almost 180,000 civil servants in Hong Kong.
Source: Apple Daily; RTHK