Date
22 November 2017
Caspar Tsui (inset) is leaving the government after eight years but it's not known whether he will return to DAB. Photos: HKEJ, HK government
Caspar Tsui (inset) is leaving the government after eight years but it's not known whether he will return to DAB. Photos: HKEJ, HK government

Another mid-level departure hits Leung government

A senior political assistant is resigning from the Leung Chun-ying government, the fourth such official to quit in less than two years.

Caspar Tsui, chief aide to the Home Affairs minister, is leaving after eight years in the civil service.

Tsui’s departure follows those of Henry Ho from the development bureau, Zandra Mok from the labor and welfare department and Carmen Cheung from the chief secretary’s office.

No reason was given for Tsui’s resignation, which was confirmed by legislator Ip Kwok-him of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) where Tsui once worked.

Ip said he would leave it to Tsui to answer if a return to DAB is in his plans, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Ho, an aide to development chief Paul Chan quit in 2013 after failing to declare that his family owns land in Kwun Tung, where a new town development is being planned. 

Mok cited family reasons in quitting her job as a political assistant to Labor and Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung, as did Cheung when she resigned as an aide to Chief Secretary Carrie Lam.

The resignations were the latest to hit the government of embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Julia Leung, undersecretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, left on Jan. 1, 2014, without giving a reason, but it later emerged that she had been named executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission.

Leung is on a three-year contract that pays more than double her civil service salary, according to reports.

Mak Chai-kwong quit as permanent secretary for Development (Works) within two weeks of his appointment after a scandal over housing allowances.

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