Citing a Hong Kong media report, Kanzhongguo reported that the wave of civil servants’ resignations has continued to deepen.

In 2021/2022, 10,487 civil servants lost their positions. Among the cases, 3,734 civil servants resigned, a double year-on-year increase.

The resignation rate has reached 2.1%, hitting a new high after 1997. In addition, the number of applicants for civil service positions also dropped by 30% last year. 

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Hong Kong has witnessed a record rate of civil servant resignations since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) imposed a national security law on the city on July 1, 2020. 

Then, the city authorities required all civil servants to pledge an oath of loyalty. It came along with a citywide crackdown on peaceful dissent and political opposition. 

The declaration vows that the officials will “bear allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China … and be responsible to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.”

According to Former Civil service chief Patrick Nip of Hong Kong, some civil servants have written on the oath form that the requirement infringed their right to free speech. 

The Civil service chief added that bearing allegiance to Hong Kong and its administration is necessary for these government employees. Officials said that this “fundamental responsibility” includes not making public criticism of the regime and its policies. 

In April 2020, the Hong Kong government claimed it was terminating the contracts of 129 civil servants who had not yet signed the written oath of allegiance to the government.

However, according to the data obtained by Ming Pao, the actual turnover number of civil servants must be much higher. 

 Kanzhongguo News reported that many civil servants had decided to resign even before the government required them to take an oath. 

Yan Wuzhou, chairman of the “New Civil Servant Union,” which once hosted large-scale events such as civil servants’ demonstrations and rallies in the anti-extradition movement, had said at the time that he would not sign a sworn statement. 

In an interview with the media, Yan pointed out that he got ready to leave his high-paid position as a civil servant.

He said that he would not erase his conscience. Therefore, he would not take an oath nor continue to serve this perverse regime. 

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