Transport and housing minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung has said he does not plan to continue working for the next administration.
Cheung, a former Democratic Party member, said he originally planned to work for the government for one term.
“It is not because of any one running for [chief executive] election now, I am quite familiar with those who have announced their run now – they have the heart to do things for Hong Kong,” he said after a Commercial Radio programme. “I have my own life plans, this is my personal choice.”
“I mean, for any person, doing public service of course is important, but there are also other things that we have to deal with, or personally I have to deal with,” he said.
He said that the government was still discussing with mainland authorities the details of the joint checkpoint agreement of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The arrangement will allow passengers to pass through both Hong Kong and China border checks at West Kowloon Terminus. He said he will work hard to send proposals to the Legislative Council within the term of the current government.
This administration ends on June 30 this year after the small-circle leadership election in March. Cheung said he hoped the joint checkpoint arrangement can be implemented in the third quarter of next year when the Express Rail Link is opened.
Cheung was asked if he knew how to use an Octopus card, after a recent incident involving chief executive contender Carrie Lam.
Last week, Lam put her octopus card over a turnstile at a MTR station, but did not realise she could proceed. An assistant told her: “It’s ok, you can pass” and gave her a slight push.
Cheung said that, before he joined the government, public transport was his main method of travel, including the rail service.
“Of course, after I joined the government, because of official needs, I was using a government car. But I always have an Octopus card with me – sometimes I have to use it,” he said.