Govt announces new home affairs, civil service chiefs

July 21, 2015 17:33
Paul Tang Kwok-wai (left) and Tsang Tak-sing stepped down as Secretary for the Civil Service and Secretary for Home Affairs respectively. Photos: HKEJ

The State Council on Tuesday approved a major reshuffle of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's cabinet.

Ray Lau Kong-wah, currently Undersecretary of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, has been appointed the new Secretary for Home Affairs, replacing Tsang Tak-sing, RTHK reported.

Clement Cheung Wan-ching, currently Commissioner of Customs and Excise, will replace Paul Tang Kwok-wai as Secretary for the Civil Service, the report said.

The Chief Executive praised Tsang and Tang for their achievements and dedication, but declined to give reasons for their sudden resignations.

Tang said he is resigning for personal reasons, noting that there are unexpected issues in his family that require more of his time.

Tsang, 66, said he is happy to retire, although he did not give any specific reason for stepping down.

Lau, 58, has been serving as Undersecretary of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau since December 2012.

His political career started as a District Council member in Sha Tin in 1985. Lau was a member of the Legislative Council from 1997 to 2012. He also served as a member of the Executive Council from 2008 to 2012.

Cheung, 53, joined the government in 1983, and was promoted to administrative officer staff Grade A in April 2011.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner of Customs and Excise in September 2011, Cheung served as director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore, Undersecretary for Works, and Postmaster General.

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