The Government announced today (December 18) that the Central People's Government has, on the nomination and recommendation of the Chief Executive, appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Tsang Yam-pui as Commissioner of Police with effect from January 2, 2001. Mr Hui Ki-on will proceed on pre-retirement leave with effect from the same date. The Central People's Government has also approved, on the same date, the removal of Mr Hui's appointment as a Principal Official.
Commenting on the appointment of Mr Tsang Yam-pui, the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, expressed full confidence in Mr Tsang serving as the Commissioner of Police. "Mr Tsang Yam-pui has served in the Hong Kong Police for nearly thirty-five years and has an extensive and deep understanding of the work of the Police Force. Over the years, Mr Tsang has promoted the use of modern management in the Police Force which has enabled it to become a highly disciplined, efficient and professional law enforcement force. Mr Tsang is eminently suitable for assuming the post of Commissioner of Police. I firmly believe that he will effectively lead the Police Force in maintaining law and order in Hong Kong."
Speaking on the retirement of Mr Hui Ki-on, the Chief Executive said, "Mr Hui Ki-on has served in the Hong Kong Police Force for thirty-eight years, the last seven years as Commissioner of Police. Under his able leadership, efficiency and quality of the Police Force have greatly improved to meet the rising expectations of the public. Mr Hui has made a significant contribution to the maintenance of law and order in Hong Kong. We sincerely wish Mr Hui a happy retirement."
The Government also announced today the promotion of Mr Lau Yuk-kuen and Mr Lee Ming-kwai to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. Mr Lee will succeed Mr Tsang Yam-pui as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Management) on January 2, 2001 and Mr Lau Yuk-kuen will be appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) to succeed Mr Wong Tsan-kwong who will retire on January 13, 2001.
The following are biographical notes on Mr Hui Ki-on, Mr Tsang Yam-pui, Mr Lau Yuk-kuen and Mr Lee Ming-kwai:
Commissioner of Police
Eddie Hui Ki-on
Aged 57, Mr Eddie Hui joined the Police Force in February 1963 as a Probationary Inspector and was confirmed as an Inspector in 1966. Subsequently he was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1982, and to Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1984. In 1989 he was further promoted to Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police and in 1993 to Deputy Commissioner of Police. Mr Hui was appointed as Commissioner of Police in July 1994.
As a Chief Superintendent, Mr Hui commanded a number of police formations, including Sham Shui Po District and the Narcotics Bureau. Before his appointment as Commissioner of Police, he held the posts of Deputy Director of Inspection Services, Deputy Director of Force Training, Regional Commander of Kowloon, and Director of Operations.
During his career, Mr Hui has been awarded the Baton of Honour, the Commissioner's Commendation, the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, the Queen's Police Medal, the Colonial and HKSAR Police Long Service Medals, and the CBE.
In his spare time, Mr Hui is a member of the Scout Association of Hong Kong, and is currently the Association's Assistant Chief Commissioner (Administration).
Mr Tsang Yam-pui
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Management)
Mr Tsang Yam-pui, aged 54, joined the Hong Kong Police as an Inspector in January 1966.
He has held a variety of posts during his 34 years service with the Force, including duties in the Uniform Branch and as a detective officer in the Anti-Corruption Office, Illegal Immigration Intelligence Bureau and the Narcotics Bureau. He was District Commander, Yaumatei and Shamshuipo in 1984-1987, head of the Narcotics Bureau in 1987-1989, head of Crime Wing in 1992-1994, Regional Commander, Hong Kong Island in 1994 and Director of Crime & Security responsible for both Crime Wing and the Security Wing in 1995. He was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in May 1996 and in his present post as Deputy Commissioner (Management) he is responsible for all management aspects of the Force including personnel management, training, service quality, information technology, finance and planning.
Mr Tsang is best known for his service as Head of the Narcotics Bureau in the late eighties, when record narcotics seizures were made. In recent years, Mr Tsang's efforts towards modernizing the Hong Kong Police Force through greater use of Information Technology, driving service quality and introducing various corporate management initiatives have also received wide acclaim.
During his police career, Mr Tsang has been awarded the Commissioner's Commendation, the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, the Queen's Police Medal, the OBE and HKSAR Police Long Service Medal.
Mr Lau Yuk-kuen
Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police
Mr Lau Yuk-kuen, aged 54, joined the Hong Kong Police as a Probationary Inspector in 1965, and was promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner in May 1996.
Mr Lau has commanded a variety of Police formations both in the Uniformed Branch and Crime stream. He was Director of Crime & Security between May 1996 and May 1999, and is currently the Director of Management Services. In his present post he is responsible for the development and implementation of Force Policies and strategies relating to service culture and quality, internal investigations, complaints against police and information and telecommunication systems.
Mr Lau was awarded Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Colonial Police Long Service Medal in 1983, and Queen's Police Medal in 1994.
Mr Lee Ming-kwai
Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police
Mr Lee Ming-kwai, aged 50, joined the Hong Kong Police in December 1972 and as a Probationary Inspector. Subsequently he was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1992, to Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1995, and Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police in April 1998.
Mr Lee has spent most of his 29 years service in Uniform Branch duties, including Divisional Commander Tai Po, District Commander Wanchai, Deputy Regional Commander New Territories North, Assistant Commissioner Operations.
As Assistant Commissioner Operations Mr Lee was responsible for the security arrangements for the 1997 Handover ceremonies and the 1997 World Bank IMF Conference held in Hong Kong.
In the past two and a half years as Senior Assistant Commissioner Mr Lee has performed duties as Director of Management Services and Director of Operations.
During his career, Mr Lee has been awarded the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, the Colonial and HKSAR Police Long Service Medals and the Queen's Police Medal.
End/Monday, December 18, 2000