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Media muscle in on political posts

Bonnie Chen

Friday, May 23, 2008


A batch of newly created government political assistants was named yesterday, most of them coming from either the media or political sectors.

The youngest is 28-year-old senior research assistant Paul Chan Chi-yuen from City University who will work for the Secretary for Food and Health.

Retired assistant commissioner of police Victor Lo Yik-kee, 55, is the oldest and will join the Security Bureau.

Newpaperman Frankie Yip Kan-chuen will be PA to the Financial Secretary; Linda Choy Siu-min, former reporter and administrative officer, will be PA for the Bureau of Environment and former TV news reporter Zandra Mok Yee-tuen will be PA to the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.

They will be paid between HK$104,340 and HK$163,963 a month.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong is the "winner" under the expanded political appointment system, with barrister Raymond Cheung Man-to being appointed PA to the Secretary for Development and investment services manager Caspar Tsui Ying-wai, PA to the Secretary for Home Affairs.

Earlier, party vice chairman Greg So Kam-leung was named undersecretary for Commerce and Economic Development. The Liberal Party's Jeremy Young Chit-on, son of legislator Howard Young How- wah, will be PA for education.

Katherine Ng Kit-shuen, currently a director at Merrill Lynch Hong Kong's legal department, will be PA for Financial Services and the Treasury.

Eight undersecretaries were announced on Tuesday.

Sources said the 17 were selected from a list of more than 100 and were recommended by secretaries, political parties and in some cases they recommended themselves.

Others were members of the Central Policy Unit.

During interviews the sources said all shared the same views as the administration and dismissed criticisms that they lack policy experience. The sources did not disclose the individual salaries of the appointees or their nationalities. DAB's Greg So has Canadian citizenship, but a source said it did not violate the Basic Law.

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