Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung says he has been working nonstop “24 hours a day” ever since he was appointed last month.

Yang made the comment at a youth forum on Wednesday. Asked by reporters why he did not attend a Legislative Council meeting last week about the funding of new projects under his bureau, Yang said he had been very busy with other meetings, reported Apple Daily.

Nicholas Yang at an event last month. Photo: HK Government.

The 60-year-old, who was born in Taiwan, said he will check his schedule to see if he can attend future LegCo sessions on the funding issue.

The controversial Innovation and Technology Bureau was approved by LegCo in early November after a three-year-long battle between the government and opposition lawmakers.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration insists such a bureau, which is the combination of the previous Innovation and Technology Commission and Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, is necessary for advancing Hong Kong’s IT industry. However, some in the industry have said that the new bureau is a waste of taxpayer money.

Yang said he believes he will bring benefits to the industry, adding he would not have taken the job if he did not think he could “achieve something.”

Vivienne Zeng

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