Date
21 September 2017
Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man says he will retire to civilian life after deciding he will not take a position in the next government. Photo: HKEJ
Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man says he will retire to civilian life after deciding he will not take a position in the next government. Photo: HKEJ

Health chief looking to civilian life after July 1

Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man is looking forward to a civilian life after deciding he will not take a position in the incoming government of Chief Executive-designate Carrie Lam.

Ko, who turns 60 this month, told the media that he will leave the post he has held for the past five years and will return to the medical field to do orthopedics-related work, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Ko has been ranked as the most popular senior official in the incumbent government in multiple surveys over the years. He said he also has no intention to run for public office, nor would he be interested in becoming a deputy to the National People’s Congress.

Saying he shares similar opinions as Chief-Executive Leung Chun-ying, Ko defended the incumbent leader as a person who “always wants to get the job done” and who has done a lot.

He said Leung’s decision not to seek a second term was one of the reasons he chose not to serve in the next government.

Ko declined to comment if Lam had in fact asked him to stay.

Also, he refused to say whether Sophia Chan Siu-chee, the incumbent undersecretary for food and health, will succeed him.

Looking back on his years in public service, Ko said he has learned a lot, adding he is now better at controlling his emotion under aggressive questioning, according to news website hk01.com.

Meanwhile, Ko said the framework for the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme has been set and is expected to be launched by 2018, while the Private Columbaria Bill has been passed.

In a separate interview with Now TV, Ko said he is looking to spend more time with his family and do volunteer work.

He said he hopes the Lam administration can come up with policies that benefit the general public, especially in livelihood and medical care.

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