The two unions at the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department have expressed disappointment over the appointment of Roy Tang Yun-kwong as the new customs commissioner, public broadcaster RTHK reported on Thursday.
The Hong Kong Customs Officers Union and the Association of Customs and Excise Service Officers said they had expected the new commissioner to come from their ranks rather than from outside.
Tang is the sixth administrative officer to head the department in the past 16 years.
Still, the Hong Kong Customs Officers Union expressed hope that their new chief would work to close the salary gap between customs and police officers.
For its part, the Association of Customs and Excise Service Officers said Tang should help develop a blueprint for the internal promotion of the next commissioner.
Tang is not unfamiliar with opposition from unions. Back in 2011, his appointment as director for broadcasting and head of Radio Television Hong Kong was greeted with protests by RTHK staff.
Former customs commissioner Clement Cheung welcomed Tang’s appointment, saying he is confident that Tang will excel in his new job because of his outstanding abilities in leadership and management.
Tang’s appointment has been approved by the State Council on the recommendation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
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