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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 AFFIN Holdings Berhad, a Malaysia-based investment holding company, as a Non-independent Non-executive Director. The advisory committee has advised Professor Li that it has no objection to his taking up the proposed appointment which takes effect from today.

    In considering the case, the advisory committee considered the information provided by Professor Li and the assessment by the relevant government offices. The advisory committee noted that Professor Li's previous official dealings at the Government were not related to the proposed appointment and thus took the view that the proposed appointment should not cause the company to gain unfair advantage over its competitors, nor should it cause potential conflict of interests. The advisory committee also did not anticipate adverse public reaction or public perception problems arising from the proposed appointment. 

    Professor Li ceased to be a politically appointed official on July 1, 2007. 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
Professor Lee Chack-fan
Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang
Dr Elizabeth S C Shing

Ends/Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Issued at HKT 18:52


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