Hong Kong’s new immigration director says department ‘will be more careful’ about social engagements after predecessor caught up in scandals
Benson Kwok, a veteran with the department for 34 years, promoted from deputy director to the top postHe takes over from Au Ka-wang, who was involved in two scandal-hit private gatherings which sparked questions over code and conduct of political officialsHong Kong politicsFiona ChowPublished: 10:53am, 19 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
Hong Kong’s newly appointed immigration chief has said his department “will be more careful” about joining social engagements, after his predecessor was caught up in scandal-hit private gatherings.
Authorities announced on Tuesday that Benson Kwok Joon-fung, a 34-year veteran and former deputy director of the Immigration Department, had been named by the State Council to the top post after being nominated by the city’s leader.
Kwok will serve as immigration director with immediate effect and replace Au Ka-wang, who has gone on pre-retirement leave.
Since taking on the position in 2020, Au was involved in two scandal-hit gatherings which ended up sparking questions over the code and conduct for political officials.