23 October 2016
Jasper Tsang (left) says his brother did not offer to resign of his own accord. Photos: RTHK
Jasper Tsang (left) says his brother did not offer to resign of his own accord. Photos: RTHK

Tsang Tak-sing did not offer to quit: Jasper Tsang

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing believes Tsang Tak-sing did not resign as secretary for home affairs, RTHK reported Wednesday, suggesting his younger brother was asked to step down.

The Legco president said given his brother’s age, 66, and his having served as a top official for eight years, it would have been natural for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to consider it appropriate and necessary to implement a personnel change, with the consent of Tsang Tak-sing.

Jasper Tsang went on to say that it is very common for top officials in countries abroad to leave their posts midway in their term.

These departures were not necessarily due to unsatisfactory performance or scandals.

The Legco president said anyone with some political common sense would not speculate on the cabinet reshuffle.

Commenting on reports suggesting that Tsang Tak-sing’s successor, Lau Kong-wah, who is a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, of which he is a former vice-chairman, could favor the pro-establishment camp when it comes to allocating resources, Jasper Tsang said many ministers in countries overseas are affiliated with political parties.

As the Hong Kong government’s operations are highly transparent, if Lau were to show bias, the pan-democrats and the media would not let him get away with it, the Legco president said.

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