Secretary for Education Eddie Ng did not earn the nickname “tourism chief” for nothing. He has undertaken at least 60 work trips – costing over HK$3 million – over the past five years, which is three times as many overseas visits as his predecessor.
Ex-secretary for the civil service Wong Wing-ping calls Ng’s travel record “unprecedented.”
Ng, who was a human resources professional before joining the government five years ago, is not popular among Hong Kong’s teachers. He is also the second least popular senior official, after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.