Legco revamp brings deputy chief sec call

The government restructuring should include adding a deputy to the chief secretary for administration as the government will need more manpower to work with more lawmakers, Hong Kong's biggest pro-establishment party has suggested. The Democratic Alliance for the...

Michael Shum and Leung Pak-hei

Friday, September 24, 2021

The government restructuring should include adding a deputy to the chief secretary for administration as the government will need more manpower to work with more lawmakers, Hong Kong's biggest pro-establishment party has suggested.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong also proposed establishing a new bureau responsible for culture, sports and tourism, and suggested the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau be renamed the mainland and constitutional affairs bureau.

This came days after Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor hinted her policy address on October 6 will cover restructuring the government bureaus.

The DAB said that after the number of lawmakers is increased to 90 from 70, there will be a massive increase in workload for lobbying and rolling out policies.

As the chief secretary is in charge of the largest number of policy bureaus under the current government system, a deputy can ease the workload.

"The addition will help with collaboration between policy bureaus, especially on population policies and youth affairs, to cope with Hong Kong's future development and good governance," DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king said.

A new bureau for culture, sports and tourism would also allow the promotion of Chinese culture, she said.

The bureau should include the Tourism Commission, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Radio Television Hong Kong and the Information Services Department.

The DAB also proposed that with the importance of mainland issues, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau be renamed the mainland and constitutional affairs bureau.

The Transport and Housing and the Development bureaus should be realigned into housing and transport bureaus.

"Land and housing are the most pressing problems that Hong Kong faces," Lee said.

"Currently these problems are tackled by two bureaus.

"If these problems can be concentrated in one bureau, the process will be more efficient

She added that the party will meet Lam to seek her support, while other lobbying targets are the candidates in the chief executive election scheduled for March 27.

"We hope to implement the government restructure proposal in the new term of the government," Lee said.