Date
30 March 2017
Andy Tsang (inset) is known for his blunt, hardline remarks. Under his orders, the police disperses the Occupy protesters with batons and pepper spray. Photo: HKEJ
Andy Tsang (inset) is known for his blunt, hardline remarks. Under his orders, the police disperses the Occupy protesters with batons and pepper spray. Photo: HKEJ

Police chief retiring with mixed record

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung’s impending retirement Thursday is prompting mixed views on his performance, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Tsang, who has headed the force for more than four years, is highly praised by its members, with almost no voices raised in objection, Junior Police Officers’ Association chairman Joe Chan Cho-kwong said.

Deputy Commissioner (management) Steven Lo Wai-chung is expected to replace Tsang.

It is indisputable that Tsang has helped lower the city’s crime rate, which fell to the lowest level in 41 years last year, the newspaper said.

However, it is also true that more than 2,300 protesters were arrested during his term, 15 times the number while his predecessor, Tang King-shing, was chief.

And the net satisfaction rate toward the police has fallen to 29.1 points, the lowest since 1997, a survey from the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong shows.

Political commentator Ivan Choy Chi-keung said Tsang is not afraid to make hardline remarks and bluntly express his political stance, and in that way he is totally different from Tang, who was willing to apologize to the public for wrongdoing by the police.

Legislator Leung Kwok-hung, a founding member of the League of Social Democrats, described Tsang as a self-willed person who does not care about human rights at all.

Sham Yee-lan, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, said freedom of the press in Hong Kong has gone backward during Tsang’s term, and the relationship between the police and the media has been getting increasingly tense.

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