It has been estimated that the Chief Executive’s information coordinator Andrew Fung Wai-kwong has more than doubled his earnings in four years, which now amount to HK$10,000 a day, according to government documents released to the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

Dubbed a “trusted aide” as Leung Chun-ying’s key media co-ordinator, Fung will receive a salary of HK$3.4 million this coming fiscal year, which – together with his HK$430,000 end-of-contract gratuity – will earn him a total of HK$3.8 million. It is more than twice as much as the HK$1.5 million he received when he started in 2012.

File Photo: Apple Daily.

His salary rise contributes to a 4.9 per cent increase in the Chief Executive’s office expenses. According to the Chief Executive Office’s statement in the document, the HK$4.1 million additional expenditure includes extra expenses on personal emoluments.

The additional budget is also for remuneration adjustments for end-of-contract gratuities to the two officers under special appointment, one of whom is Fung.

LegCo complex. Photo: Wikicommons.

Fung’s salary leap raised many eyebrows as he has often been caught making embarrassing gaffes.

One such incident was when he posted a photo online of what appeared to be a police officer injured during the Occupy movement in 2014, which turned out to be a heavily made-up actor in a local television show about zombie policemen.

He was also mocked for comparing his current job to that of a White House press secretary.

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Ashley Chan

Ashley is a Hong Kong-based multi-media journalist. She has a special interest in arts and culture. She has worked with the BBC and the Associated Press and holds a journalism degree from the University of Sheffield.