21 February 2019
Exactly a year after he retired as police chief, Andy Tsang is looking to be hired as an adviser to a pro-Beijing company. Photo: HKEJ
Exactly a year after he retired as police chief, Andy Tsang is looking to be hired as an adviser to a pro-Beijing company. Photo: HKEJ

Ex-police chief set to earn HK$1 mln a year as adviser to firm

Former police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung is set to join Chen Hsong Group as an adviser with an annual pay package of not less than HK$1 million, news website reported Tuesday.

His appointment is awaiting approval from the Civil Service Bureau.

Tsang is reportedly receiving a pension of more than HK$80,000 a month, about one-third of his pay of HK$260,000 before he retired a year ago, on May 4, 2015.

Legislative councilor Emily Lau Wai-hing from the Democratic Party said she found it difficult to understand why Tsang would choose to work in the commercial sector after his retirement.

Lau said it would create suspicion of collusion between businessmen and government officials and could easily be avoided.

She praised former police commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai, who has opted not to work in either the commercial nor the political sector after retirement and has only served as a consultant to several government advisory bodies.

Chung Kim-wah, assistant professor in the department of applied social sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said that while the disciplinary forces must always remain politically neutral, it could be a worrying sign that Tsang is about to be employed by a private company with a strong political affiliation only one year after his retirement.

Chen Hsong is one of the largest manufacturers of injection moulding machines in the world and was founded by Chiang Chen, father of legislative councilor Ann Chiang Lai-wan from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Many of the firm’s employees are members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Ann Chiang’s sister Chiang Lai-yuen, who is chief executive of the group, served as a member of the Standing Committee on Directorate Salaries and Conditions of Service until 2010. Tsang was deputy commissioner of police at the time.

Chiang Lai-yuen and her fellow committee members made recommendations leading to salary adjustments for Tsang.

Since the change of sovereignty in 1997, 38 police officers at the assistant commissioner grade or above, including former commissioners Hui Ki-on, Tsang Yam-pui and Andy Tsang, have applied for “post-service outside work” to the Civil Service Bureau.

As police commissioners have had access to highly confidential and sensitive intelligence and data about commercial crime and social order, Chung said post-service employment in the private sector would trigger suspicion of collusion or deferred benefits.

In 2014, Tsang said on an RTHK radio program that he had no interest in joining business or politics when he retired. Instead, he said, he was interested in the field of social services.

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