Outgoing CS praised for decisiveness and diligence
Decisiveness, diligence and a “just-do-it” personality make outgoing Chief Secretary for Administration (CS) Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor a good choice for Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the city’s political leaders said.
They made the comments after Lam announced she had tendered her resignation on Thursday.
Vice-president of Beijing’s top think tank on Hong Kong affairs — the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies — Lau Siu-kai had often worked with Lam in recent years. He said the outgoing chief secretary is hardworking and has her own vision.
He also called her “a person who takes a proactive approach in tackling challenging issues”, standing out from certain government officials who tend to take a passive approach to avoid mistakes.
Announcing her resignation a week before the government plans to release its Policy Address on Jan 18, at a time when the Policy Address should have been mostly drafted, Lam had shown a sense of responsibility, Lau explained.
Lam is also a person who takes action instead of leaving problems to other officials, Lau added. In a society with deep-rooted problems, Hong Kong needs a “can-do” figure to lead, he said.
Now she is contending for the city’s top job, Lau believes Lam should use her communication skills to consolidate the society and enlarge the social base of support, with which she will be able to implement her policies smoothly if elected.
Hong Kong member of the National People’s Congress Herman Hu Shao-ming voiced strong support for Lam. He said she is “capable, reliable and passionate” and stands the best candidate for the city’s top job.
Hu was echoed by Chan Wing-kee, a Standing Committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee. He said Lam was a “responsible and decisive” official. He said that under current circumstances, Lam is an ideal CE candidate.
Chairman of the city’s biggest party for labor — Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) — Stanley Ng Chau-pei also described Lam as a determined official against all odds. He praised Lam for taking the initiative when handling tough social problems. This included poverty alleviation measures and retirement protection.
Another CE contender — legislator and Chairwoman of the New People’s Party Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee — also welcomed Lam to the race. She hoped all contenders could explain their election platforms clearly to the people of Hong Kong. This could help create a fair, open and just atmosphere for the upcoming CE election.