Community & Education Hong Kong

Reading 30 books a month is ‘no big deal’, says Education minister Eddie Ng

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said that reading 30 books, magazines and publications in a month is “not a big deal” at a career planning event on Thursday.

He said that many people think that reading a book everyday is a difficult task.

“You have breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Do you think it is exhausting? You don’t, because it has become part of your life,” he said.

The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim,

The Secretary for Education, Eddie Ng Hak-kim, at the “Life Planning For a Bright Future cum Business-School Partnership Programme Anniversary Celebration Ceremony.” Photo: GovHK.

Ng added that if he reads six magazines a week, then he would have already read 24 magazines a month, so reading thirty books is “not a big deal.”

At an interview with lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress in November, Ng said he took it upon himself to read 30 books or magazines in a month when he graduated. He also claimed that he could read more than ten books during a business flight over ten hours.

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Eddie Ng speaking to the media on Thursday. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

However, when it came to discussion of the controversial Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA), Ng was criticised by pan-democrat lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen for exhibiting “a lack of positive response.”

Now TV reported that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying demanded the controversies regarding TSA to be handled with care, with the bottom line being not to eliminate the whole system.

Reading 30 books a month is 'no big deal', says Education minister Eddie Ng