【明報專訊】ANDY Tsang Wai-hung, former Commissioner of Police, has recently assumed the post of deputy director of the National Narcotics Control Commission, becoming the second person from Hong Kong after Laura Cha Shih May-lung — who was appointed vice-chairman at the China Securities Regulatory Commission — to assume a high position in a national agency. This not only shows the national government's trust in Hong Kong people but also sets a shining example of Hong Kong people serving the national government in reciprocation for what it has offered to Hong Kong, both of which are commendable. However, this is an exception rather than the norm, as there is still not a timetable for introducing policies that allow Hong Kong people to apply for a job in the civil service of China. In the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong is encouraged to be integrated into the master plan of national development. That integration should be all-encompassing. Why can't this start with allowing Hong Kong people to apply for a job in the civil service in the Greater Bay Area?
Hong Kong people have a right as well as responsibility to take part in the management of national affairs. As the national government trusts some Hong Kong people so much that it allows them to take up high-ranking positions in the central government, it should allow ordinary Hong Kong people to take part beginning from low down in the hierarchy. If they possess the ability and resolve, they can claw their way to higher managerial positions as well. It is true that the remuneration packages offered by the mainland and Hong Kong civil services are massively different, and a job in the mainland civil service is not a very attractive option to Hong Kong people. It is believed that there will not be many people who are eager for it, but at least it is an option that can be considered. In the outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area, the part devoted to arrangements for applying for a job in the civil service is located in the section "Expanding the Scope for Employment and Entrepreneurship". This is a way out for young people in Hong Kong when they are contemplating career choices. In fact, Hong Kong people taking part in the management of national affairs is very conducive to Hong Kong people's integration into the master plan of national development.
Back in the British colonial days, there were arrangements for civil servants to be seconded to British government departments. For example, Andy Tsang was seconded to the Metropolitan Police in London as a detective superintendent in 1993. This way of rotating a job helped government officials understand how policies were implemented in the other party and practise practical skills in implementing and promoting policies. It was advantageous in every way to the building of mutual understanding between officials and human connections. However, since Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty, there have not been arrangements for Hong Kong civil servants to be seconded to mainland government departments.
"A thousand miles' journey starts with the first step," as the saying goes. What can only be done now is to allow Hong Kong people to apply for jobs in the civil service on the mainland as soon as possible. This will allow interactions between mainland and Hong Kong civil servants to begin with Hong Kong's young people. This will also allow Hong Kong people to begin with a job in the civil service in the Greater Bay Area to take advantage of the area's construction. The remuneration packages of mainland civil servants might not be appealing to young people in Hong Kong. However, if, when the government recruits civil servants, it gives preference to people with experience in working in mainland government departments, it will arguably be opening up bigger room for development for young people in Hong Kong. The government requires applicants for the post of Administrative Officer to be permanent residents of Hong Kong. So, there is no need to be worried about the infiltration of the mainland. The added experience of working in a mainland government department is, to a young person, hard-earned experience. To the HKSAR government, it is a positive factor in the improvement of mutual communication and understanding.
assume : to take or begin to have power or responsibility
remuneration : an amount of money that is paid to sb for the work they have done
rotate : if a job rotates, or if people rotate a job, they regularly change the job or regularly change who does the job