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No Minister & No, Minister: The True Story of HarbourFest

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by Mike Rowse

In the depths of the 2003 SARS crisis, Mike Rowse (盧維思), a career Hong Kong civil servant, was handed the poisoned chalice of HarbourFest – intended to be (and which in many ways was) a psychological and commercial shot in the arm. Politics, as it often does, took precedence over sense, and Rowse was scapegoated for the perceived failings of this attempt to pull off a world-class entertainment festival in only three months.

Rowse endured disciplinary hearings and ended up taking the Hong Kong Government to court. He won.

This true story of HarbourFest is not just an insider’s account of the workings of the Hong Kong Government; it is also a thoughtful treatise on the drawbacks of the Ministerial Accountability System, a system which failed HarbourFest and Rowse, there being No Minister who ever took responsibility.

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In the depths of the 2003 SARS crisis, Mike Rowse (盧維思), a career Hong Kong civil servant, was handed the poisoned chalice of HarbourFest – intended to be (and which in many ways was) a psychological and commercial shot in the arm. Politics, as it often does, took precedence over sense, and Rowse was scapegoated for the perceived failings of this attempt to pull off a world-class entertainment festival in only three months. Rowse endured disciplinary hearings and ended up taking the Hong Kong Government to court. He won. This true story of HarbourFest is not just an insider’s account of the workings of the Hong Kong Government; it is also a thoughtful treatise on the drawbacks of the Ministerial Accountability System, a system which failed HarbourFest and Rowse, there being No Minister who ever took responsibility.

MEDIA ATTENTION

Rowse to tell all in book about Harbour Fest fiasco: A retired top government official – heavily criticized over the Harbour Fest fiasco – will give his side of the story by publishing an alternative view of the issues surrounding the ill-fated concerts. — The Standard

投資推廣署前署長盧維思的新書將於明日發行,他將於書中大爆2003年遭多方批評的「維港巨星匯」的來龍去脈。他強調,新書不是要攻擊任何人,包括時任工商及科技局長、現任政務司長唐英年;而他早已按照公務員事務局在5月向他發出的指引寫書,但認為近日政府向他發出新的「出書指引」,的確會予人政府想叫停他出書的印象。
盧維思的No Minister & No, Minister明日面世,他日前接受亞視節目Newsline訪問時說,今年5月政府已給他有關退休公務員如要出書的規定,他已遵守所有規定撰寫,但他近日突然再收到政府的新規定,認為這些規定或會令他的書不見天日。 被問政府是否想禁止他出書?盧維思說﹕「按理是沒有,但我真是不想評論,因為我仍然相信理智會取勝,但他們(政府)遲遲才附加新規定,的確會有這個效果。」他又笑言,若這本書被列為禁書,其銷量將會由500本激增至5000本。— Ming Pao

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Additional information

Dimensions148 x 210 mm
Pages

116

Binding

Paperback

About the author

Mike Rowse first came to Hong Kong in 1972 and has lived there ever since. After brief spells as a tutor and a tabloid journalist, he joined the Independent Commission Against Corruption on its establishment in 1974. After working in both the Operations and Corruption Prevention Departments, he joined the Government proper in 1980 as an Administrative Officer. After a variety of different postings, Mike was appointed as the first Commissioner for Tourism. He was the lead negotiator with the Walt Disney Company which resulted in the building of Hong Kong Disneyland.

In July 2000, Mike set up Invest HK, the investment promotion agency established by the Hong Kong Government, and was its first Director-General up to his retirement in December 2008. The agency won several awards during his tenure.

Mike was chairman for five years of the public/private joint venture company which built and operated AsiaWorld-Expo. He was the first director of Hong Kong International Theme Parks Limited (which owns HK Disneyland), and an alternate director of the MTRC and KCRC among other statutory bodies.

In 2001, Mike became the first expatriate civil servant in Hong Kong’s history to naturalise as a Chinese National. He is a regular columnist for the South China Morning Post and he co-hosts a radio programme on RTHK weekly.