Date
12 December 2017
Home affairs permanent secretary Raymond Young is retiring from the public service, giving him time to focus on singing. Photo: HKEJ
Home affairs permanent secretary Raymond Young is retiring from the public service, giving him time to focus on singing. Photo: HKEJ

Retiring official to reach again for high notes

Raymond Young will finally have the chance to take up where he left off three decades ago and serenade the city.

Before ascending the ranks of the public service to become permanent secretary for home affairs, Young was a singing star in the making.

He entered the first TVB International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship in 1982 and made it to the final round only to withdraw to accept the offer of a government job. Young was in elite singing company that year, with Anita Mui the eventual winner of the competition.

Now 54, the man known as the “Adiminstrative Officer Singing King” in the city’s corridors of power, is retiring. Young said he will use the extra time to focus on his singing skills, limiting himself to part-time work such as real-time interpreting for the government, Ta Kung Pao reported Tuesday.

“I will release my new songs on social networking websites from time to time, or present them at charity events,” Young said.

Young joined the Hong Kong government in 1982 after graduating from the University of Hong Kong. He has worked in various bureaus and departments, and his jobs have included deputy secretary for education and manpower and director general of trade and industry.

Civil servants normally retire at 55 but Young is stopping a year earlier because he has amassed one year of annual leave. Young will be succeeded by 49-year-old Betty Fung, director of leisure and cultural services.

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