Pro-Beijing school principal Christine Choi revealed as education undersecretary as new government cabinet is announced

Pro-Beijing school principal Christine Choi revealed as education undersecretary as new government cabinet is announced

More than 17,000 people signed a petition against Choi getting the job

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Christine Choi Yuk-lin, Vice-chairwoman of Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers has been appointed to the post of undersecretary for the Education Department.
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

The government announced a new team of undersecretaries today, including the controversial appointment of a pro-Beijing school principal as the new education undersecretary.

Dr Christine Choi Yuk-lin, former principal of Fukien Secondary School (Siu Sai Wan) and vice-chairman of Federation of Education Workers, has been appointed undersecretary for the Education Department. Her candidacy has been met with fierce protests as more than 17,000 people signed a petition against her getting the job.

Choi lost in a Legislative Council election last September to pan-democrat Ip Kin-yuen. Critics fear Choi’s appointment would mean a comeback for the controversial national education curriculum.


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Political party Demosisto and a few student groups went to Choi’s office on Monday, demanding to speak with her. They staged a protest outside her office after their demand was ignored.

Meanwhile, Dr Chui Tak-yi, former United Christian Hospital CEO, has been appointed undersecretary for food and health. Back in May, Chui made an apology to local mother Tang Kwai-sze, after two specialists treating her for a kidney condition at the hospital in January and February failed to prescribe necessary drugs.


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The new team also includes incumbents and promotees from within the current administration. One current member, Dr David Chung Wai-keung, undersecretary for Innovation and Technology, will keep his role. There are two promotees: commerce and economic development political assistant Dr Bernard Chan Pak-li will become the undersecretary for the same bureau; home affairs minister’s political assistant Caspar Tsui Ying-wai will become undersecretary for labour and welfare.

Four civil servants will join the new cabinet: police director of crime and security Sonny Au Chi-kwong was named security undersecretary; civil engineering and development department project manager Liu Chun-san will become undersecretary for development; deputy transport and housing secretary Andy Chan Shui-fu will become the undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs; and environmental protection assistant director Tse Chin-wan was named environmental undersecretary.

The team is bringing in one outsider: Liberal Party’s Joseph Chan Ho-lim will become the undersecretary for financial services and the treasury. He helped settle the dispute over Island School’s bus drama in February.

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
New government cabinet announced

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