Transition office chief named

Top News | Sum Lok-kei 21 Mar 2017

Postmaster general Jessie Ting Yip Yin- mei has been appointed general secretary of the HK$32 million Office for the Chief Executive-Elect, which will operate for three months.

Ting, pictured, was head of the department in October 2015 when a decision was made to cover up the royal insignia on old mailboxes in the city, sparking public outrage.

Ting, 53, who has been in the government for more than 30 years, has crossed paths with two of the three chief executive candidates.

While serving former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as his private secretary from 2005-07, Ting had worked with John Tsang Chun-wah, who was director of the chief executive's office. Tsang was later to become financial secretary before resigning to run for chief executive.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had been Ting's boss when she was deputy secretary for development from 2009 to 2011. Lam later became chief secretary for administration and is said to be Beijing's chosen one as the next Hong Kong leader.

The chief executive-elect office will ensure a smooth transition from the current government to the next, a government spokesman said.

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