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Police Putonghua pros give some lip

Mandarin masters: The seven Force winners pose with their trophies, supporters and D OPS Dick Lee

Seven officers proved their Putonghua prowess by winning two of the three categories in the 2000 Civil Service Putonghua Contest final on June 19.

The City Hall Theatre saw a jaw-dropping display of Mandarin mouth work as 32 officers from eight government departments got the point across as quick and clearly as possible to scoop the prizes.

They showed their mastery of the language through a self-introduction, tongue twisters, Cantonese to Putonghua translation (and vice versa), along with dramas and quizzes.

Force staff walked off with the categories of 'native speakers of Chinese dialects other than Putonghua', and 'native speakers of Putonghua'. The third category was 'native speakers of languages other than Chinese'.

Chief Inspector Chi Pun-chung of the New Territories North Region's West Rail Project Team, Inspector James Yu Kong of Sha Tin Division's Patrol Sub-unit Four and Police Constable Yim Ming of Cheung Sha Wan Division's PSU Team One came up trumps in the first category.

Meanwhile, the members of the Putonghua-speaking team were Internal Investigations Office CIP Chan Man-mo, Commercial Crime Bureau PC Mo Kit and PC Mo Ah-nam of Tsim Sha Tsui Division's PSU Team Three.

New Territories South Senior Superintendent (Operations) Mike Cartwright picked up the prize for 'outstanding performance' in the non-native Chinese speakers category.

Secretary for the Civil Service Lam Woon-kwong presented the prizes with Director of Operations Dick Lee Ming-kwai, Director of Personnel and Training Leung Fung-shun and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Training) Yip Kwok-keung also attending, with Mr Lee demonstrating some of his own Putonghua talents.

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