Some qualms as massage-parlor officer set to take up new post

Top News | Sophie Hui 9 Aug 2021

It is "hardly appropriate" for police's national security director Frederic Choi Chin-pang to take up the post as director of personnel and training after his massage parlor scandal, a retired police officer said.

Choi, 50, will returns to his duties before the middle of the month, said Police Commissioner Raymond Siu Chak-yee, who added that the case did not involve any criminal offense.

But a retired senior officer who was responsible for disciplinary matters said yesterday that Choi being named director of personnel was "hardly appropriate" and "contradictory" as his case involved disciplinary issues and has affected the image of senior officers. He added that other officers may now have an excuse to patronize a vice establishment.

Choi has been placed on leave and under investigation after he was caught in an unlicensed massage parlor in Wan Chai during a police raid in March.

In May, chief superintendent Ryan Wong Wai of the organized crime and triad bureau said there was no evidence to suggest Choi was doing any illegal or immoral act at that time, but the case was sent to the Department of Justice for advice. Siu at the weekend said the justice department had confirmed that the case did not involve any criminal offense.

After primary discipline review, the case has been passed to the secretariat on civil service discipline. Siu said Choi will resume his duty by mid-August and will be transferred to a new post of director of personnel and training.

"He has been serving in the police force for more than 25 years. We are confident of his ability," Siu said.

But the retired officer said the director of personnel and training oversees disciplinary policy, including recruitment, promotion, transfer and welfare matters, while all disciplinary cases of officers below superintendent level will be reported to him, and some of the cases will also need his approval.

It is understood that the current director of personnel and training, Joe Chow Yat-ming, will be the director of crime and security, while two acting commissioners of police Kan Kai-yan and Kelvin Kong Hok-lai will continue to be the acting directors of police national security department.

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