Thursday, 11 December 2008

Is Joseph Yam Irreplaceable?

One of the most bizarre arguments against replacing Joseph Yam is that: If you fire him, who will be the chief executive of HKMA? The argument then goes on to ask you to name a person that could do the job.

This is a silly argument: because you are unable to quote the name of a potential successor to a person, then that guy must be irreplaceable. I am quite sure out of the 15 politically appointed ministers, a majority of the Hong Kong people wouldn't even have heard of many of their names before they got appointed. Apart from a few lawyers, I am quite sure none of you have heard of Wong Yan Lung before he was appointed as the Secretary of Justice. No one would have possibly quoted his name when asked who can be the next Secretary of Justice, but he turns out to be one of the most popular ministers, out of this highly unpopular cabinet. Could anyone think of a successor to Ambrose Lee, the Secretary of Security? Hardly. Will our public order collapse if he has to leave his post somehow? Not at all.

I do not understand how on one hand, we claim our city as a "financial center" while on the other hand, we think it is impossible to find just ONE person, out of 7 million people, to maintain that automatic currency board system. If the status of Hong Kong as a financial center depends solely on the existence of ONE person, that is truly dangerous and we should try to make it less so. After all, it is not uncommon for public officials to be unable to carry out their duties, for one reason or another, so how can you say someone cannot be replaced?

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lehman said...

The world keeps on rolling, no-one is irreplaceable.

Irreplaceable is an irresponsible speaking.

Who is Irresponsible?

madofflehman said...

What if Joseph Yam is a person not fit and behaved un-properly? He is still irreplaceable?

Jacky Wong said...

lehman & madofflehm: Have you misunderstood my article? I think Joseph Yam is NOT irreplaceable.

madofflehman said...

There are lots of educated and professional gentlemen (ladies) better than Joe Yam in HK.

Jacky Wong said...

I 100% agree with you

madofflehman said...

Government entity is a team work and system running, not any personal company. The person to be chosen must be of good moral sense and responsible in addition to vision,education,professional and experience. From the speak of Mr. Joe Yam, he is not a man of good moral sense and is an irresponsible person in the Lehman Brothers mini-bond case. Conclusion : Mr. Joe Yam is not a fit, and not a proper person to stay on the position.

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