03 Sep '11, 1am

"It is not possible to appoint Opposition MPs as advisers": PA explains why

I refer to the letter "A worry if PA thinks political rather than people" (Sept 1), and recent letters and article relating to the issue of neutrality of the PA. The Government appreciates the public's interest in the role of the PA and the considerations in appointing advisers. Our priority is to fulfil the PA's mission of building social capital. The PA connects people-to-people as well as people-and-Government. As a statutory board, it performs its duties in accordance with the policies of the elected Government of the day. Just like other public sector organisations, the PA is not involved in party political activities. To fulfil its mission, the PA and the grassroots organisations (GROs) gather feedback from the public to help improve policies and initiatives, and explain government policies and programmes to citizens, so that they can benefit from them. The PA and th...

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