“There is procedure, no need to worry,” wrote Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Director of Broadcasting Leung Ka-wing in response to an open letter published by the RTHK Programme Staff Union on Thursday.

The letter asked Leung to explain the delayed promotion of Acting Assistant Director of Television and Corporate Businesses Chan Man-kuen, who has yet to take a permanent role in the position after more than a year in office. She took the position in May of last year and has failed to qualify for a permanent role twice – the last time in April – according to local media.

Leung said in his 26 character-long reply: “Communicate more, express more, look at the big picture and overcome difficulties.”

Response from Leung Ka-wing
Response from Leung Ka-wing. Photo: RTHK Programme Staff Union via Facebook.

Unanswered questions

The union published another open reply to Leung’s response on Friday morning, saying that “we are happy to hear that you asked to ‘communicate more’, but after reading your response, you have not explained [some things].”

It again asked Leung to explain what “synergy” meant as an evaluation criterion. According to local media, Chan was not promoted because her performance failed to “promote synergy.”

Chan Man-keun
Chan Man-kuen. File

It also questioned whether the system was fair when staff members in similar positions stay in their acting positions for drastically different lengths of time.

Two other employees in acting roles were promoted after evaluations in April – Assistant Director of Radio and Corporate Programming Chan Yiu-wah and Controller of Radio Jace Au Lai-ngar. Au took the acting position in January, while Chan Yiu-wah served as an acting assistant director for about a year.

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.