Declarations of interests required from top government officials shows that many of their spouses do not work.

A series of declarations for public inspection required high-level officials to state financial interests, as well as details on their spouses, including what their occupations are, what properties they own, and what companies they are affiliated with.

The annual update of the declarations showed that many of the officials’ spouses are not in full-time employment.

The wife of John Tsang Chun-wah was listed as a housewife. Photo: Gov HK.

Financial Secretary John Tsang, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung kin-chung and Director of the Chief Executive’s Office Edward Yau Tang-wah were among the officials who listed their partners as housewives, according to a report in Ming Pao.

Newly appointed Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah listed his wife as being in pre-retirement leave.

The report is updated annually, and concerns all appointed principal officials of the government.

These officials include three secretaries of departments, 12 directors of bureau, the director of the Chief executive’s office as well as the chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

The documents were listed on the officials’ websites. They were sent to the Legislative Council’s Panel on Constitutional Affairs on Monday.

The requirement for officials to declare details on their spouses began in 2008.

Last week, it was reported that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying holds five properties in Hong Kong and Singapore, while his wife solely owns two residential properties in the UK.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.