In a letter issued to all government policy bureaux and departments today, it wrote that all non-civil service staff of the government whose employment contracts commenced on or after July 1, 2020, are required to sign a declaration to uphold the Basic Law and bear allegiance to the SAR.

“They should duly sign and return their declaration within three weeks after the department issues the letter concerned,” it wrote, adding that prospective non-civil service appointees will be required to sign the declaration when accepting the offer of appointment.

A spokesman of the bureau said the requirement accords with the requirement stipulated in the Hong Kong national security law.

“The Government will, based on the facts of each case, consider whether action should be taken to terminate the employment of the non-civil service government staff should they refuse to duly sign and return the declaration.”

“The officer concerned will be given an opportunity to give an explanation in the process," the spokesman added.