Date
28 March 2017
Lawmaker Dennis Kowk (inset left) quizzed Postmaster General Jessie Ting Yip over the decision related to old mailboxes, but received only evasive replies. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily
Lawmaker Dennis Kowk (inset left) quizzed Postmaster General Jessie Ting Yip over the decision related to old mailboxes, but received only evasive replies. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily

Postal chief dodgy when queried about decision on old mailboxes

Hong Kong’s Postmaster General Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei didn’t give a clear answer when questioned about the department’s recent decision to cover up the royal insignia on old mailboxes in the city.

During a LegCo panel hearing Monday, Ting provided a vague rationale for the move to eliminate the colonial-era insignia but failed to explain — perhaps intentionally — who was exactly behind the decision, Apple Daily reported.

Asked by Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok as to why the vintage mailboxes bearing British royal cyphers cannot be allowed to stand in their original form, Ting said a government study had concluded that the colonial symbols were no longer deemed appropriate.

Kwok criticized the move to cover up the insignia, saying it doesn’t make any sense and that it also represents wasteful use of public money.

Meanwhile, he urged the postal chief to come clean as to who made the decision to eliminate the old insignia.

Was it Hongkong Post itself that made the decision or was it some high-level officials in the government, Kwok asked.

Stammering in her speech, Ting merely kept repeating that the decision was the result of internal government discussions.

However, she added that Hongkong Post will keep gathering public opinions on the issue.

Both Kwok and James Tien, chairman of the LegCo’s Panel on Economic Development, believe the decision to cover up old mailboxes has come from someone higher than the Postmaster General.

Conservation activists have called for preservation of the old mailboxes, pointing out that they are symbols of Hong Kong’s heritage and history.

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