Global Times recently reported that Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Secretary for the Civil Service of the Hong Kong government, revealed on March 8 that around 200 Hong Kong government officials did not sign a Sworn Statement before the deadline of February 28, 2021. The Sworn Statement was imposed on all government officials not long ago. Patrick Nip Tak-kuen suggested those who refused to sign the Statement would have to leave. One of the main reasons that the Hong Kong government required the signature was that many government officials participated in social and political movements that disagreed with the leadership’s policies. The New Civil Servants’ Union announced its dissolution immediately after the government asked for their signatures, due to the need to protect member privacy. Currently there is not yet a report analyzing the profiles of the officials who refused to sign. The Bureau for the Civil Service is expects to report this matter to the Legislative Council in April.
Source: Global Times, March 9, 2021