Hong Kong civil servants are quitting their jobs, and the number soared after the island’s government forced them to swear to support the “Basic Law” and pledge allegiance to the People’s Republic of China formed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
According to Da Ji Yuan, the Hong Kong Public Affairs Bureau introduced regulations in October 2020 and January 2021.
The regulations require civil servants to sign a statement supporting China’s Basic Law, loyal to the Special administrative regions of China and the People’s Republic of China.
Tsang Kwok-wai is the Hong Kong government’s constitutional and mainland affairs minister.
In June this year, in response to questions from Legislative Council members, Tsang said that 129 civil servants had ignored or refused to sign and return the statement without a reasonable explanation.
From 2007 to 2015, fewer than 1,000 civil servants in Hong Kong quit jobs on average each year.
But the trend increased from year to year in the period, especially after the Hong Kong government suppressed the pro-democracy protests.
After the Umbrella Movement in 2014, in 2015-2016, the number of Hong Kong civil servants who quit their jobs exceeded 1,000 people and continued to escalate.
By 2020-2021, the number of civil servants leaving Hong Kong government agencies reached almost 2,000.
The number of Hong Kong civil servants quitting their jobs is expected to double to around 4,000 in 2021-22.
The wave of civil servants leaving their jobs occurred amid an increase in the rate of Hong Kongers migrating abroad after the Hong Kong government’s brutal human rights crackdowns, as well as after the CCP imposed an alleged security law to deprive the islanders of fundamental rights.