Out­go­ing CS praised for de­ci­sive­ness and dili­gence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

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.

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