聯署信附出近百張政府人員才擁有的政府總部通行證，職位一欄有PAS（首席助理祕書長，Principal Assistant Secretary）、AS（即助理祕書長，Assistant Secretary）、SAO（高級政務主任）、AO（政務主任）等。
我們亦呼籲所有警務人員支持成立獨立調查委員會，讓警隊能與一眾市民重建互信。同時，我們希望你們繼續嚴格遵守《警隊條例》（第 232 章）及《警察通例》，向廣大市民立下「竭盡所能維護香港法治」的榜樣。
We are a group of some one hundred Administrative Officers (AO) of the HKSARG.
Listening to the voices from all walks of life; serving every citizen with all our capacity; and safeguarding the core values of Hong Kong are the epitome of our aspiration to become an AO. We share the citizens’ anguish in seeing a series of demonstrations and confrontations between the Police and the citizens over the past month.
In taking forward policies, it is the Government’s fundamental role to forge consensus among various stakeholders with an open and embracing attitude. This pebble called the Extradition Bill has caused unrest of a seismic proportion, and brought the struggles which we thought have gradually ebbed back to the society. It is the officials’ dereliction of duty that worries the citizens: we witnessed several mass protests of unrivalled scale, even the suicides of some exasperated citizens. The Principal Officials responsible still turned a deaf ear to the outcry of the public. It is the Government’s loss of credibility that agitates the citizens: we witnessed thugs savagely assaulting unarmed civilians indiscriminately in Yuen Long and the Police failed to arrive on scene in time. In the face of such blatant failure, the officials responsible have resorted to sugarcoating instead of admitting the problem. It is the Police’s ruination of discipline that disappoints the citizens: we witnessed when demonstrations turned into confrontations, the police staff, as seen in web livecasts, was suspected to have failed to observe the regulations in exercising their powers, such as intentionally hiding their identity, and applying force of a questionable level.
As civil servants, regardless of our political beliefs, we are obliged to show our allegiance to the Government, which is the principle of political neutrality. This summer in Hong Kong, however, is a cardinal moment where we stand at the crossroads of right and wrong and we cannot remain silent. If we do not face the root of the problem, we are not only disregarding our mission to serve the public, it would also be impossible to steer Hong Kong back onto the right track. Although advice when most needed is least heeded, we still wish to solemnly and humbly appeal to the Chief Executive to listen to the voice from the society and respond to the various demands of the civil society, including establishing an independent Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate the various incidents originating from the Extradition Bill with fairness, openness and impartiality. The scope may include whether the handling of the amendment exercise was appropriate, whether the actions and strategies used by the Police on several occasions were proportionate, whether misconduct in public office was involved during the assault in Yuen Long, etc. This is the only way that Hong Kong will have the opportunity to reconcile, recover from the trauma and move forward again.
We also appeal for support from all police staff for the establishment of a CoI, so as to let the Police rebuild the mutual trust with the public. At the same time, we hope you can all continue to strictly comply with the Police Force Ordinance (Cap.232) and the Police General Orders to strive to become a role model for all citizens in “doing our utmost to uphold Hong Kong’s rule of law”.
Over the past month, people in Hong Kong have time and again reminded us of our aspiration to serve the society. People in Hong Kong can put their differences aside for the same ideal and walk with one another; people in Hong Kong can encourage and help one another despite being complete strangers in this darkest hour; people in Hong Kong should stay committed to their work while looking out for one another in this time of despair. We hold the principles of being an AO dearly to our hearts; but facing the immediate political crisis, we feel the obligation to voice out in a bid to guard the Government’s credibility and respectability.
It takes the one who tied the bell to untie it. If the people in power can listen to the voice of Hongkongers with a benevolent and generous attitude, the first step to right the wrongs will come into sight in no time. What Hong Kong needs now is a time to rebuild mutual trust, as well as to rest and recuperate. If the present predicament lingers, Hong Kong may be pushed into an even deeper crisis. We hope the people in power can carefully weigh the pros and cons with an open heart, and stalwartly stand by all Hongkongers.
We never forget the importance of upholding our political neutrality as AOs. However, the recent happenings have impressed upon the public that civil servants may no longer be politically neutral when performing their duties. It will pain us if we are to see the image of civil servants built across decades be destroyed in a flash. We have no intention to challenge the principle of political neutrality; yet, we trust it is vital to rebuild the mutual confidence between the people and the Government so as to bring the governance back on track and allow every civil servant to contribute to Hong Kong by staunchly discharging their duties.