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Post-office employment for Professor Arthur Li

    The Advisory Committee on Post-office Employment for Former Chief Executives and Politically Appointed Officials received a request for advice from Professor Arthur K C Li, former Secretary for Education and Manpower, who intended to accept appointment by the United College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Member of the Board of Trustees. The advisory committee has advised Professor Li that it has no objection to his taking up the proposed appointment. The appointment takes effect from today (November 23).

     In considering the case, the advisory committee has considered the information provided by Professor Li and the assessment by the relevant government offices. The advisory committee noted that the Board of Trustees was established under the Chinese University of Hong Kong Ordinance to hold in trust and administer for the benefit of its college the movable property which is vested in the board. The advisory committee took the view that there would not be any conflict of interests between the proposed appointment and the former role of Professor Li as the Secretary for Education and Manpower. Nor would the proposed appointment create significant public perception problems. The advisory committee also considered that the proposed appointment would not cause the board of trustees to gain unfair advantage over other tertiary institutions.

     Within one year after stepping down from office, former politically appointed officials are required to seek the advice of a committee appointed by the Chief Executive before commencing any employment. The membership of the advisory committee is as follows -

Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee (chairman)
Mr Henry Fan Hung-ling, SBS, JP
Professor Lee Chack-fan, SBS, JP
Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang, GBS, LLD, JP
Dr Elizabeth S C Shing, BBS, JP

Ends/Friday, November 23, 2007
Issued at HKT 19:01


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