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China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH LI in Hong Kong joseph@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Prom­i­nent fig­ures in po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness and pro­fes­sional cir­cles praised Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as a “ca­pa­ble and com­mit­ted” per­son who would be a very good leader for Hong Kong.

They made the re­marks af­ter Lam re­signed from the post of chief sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion and be­gan prepa­ra­tions to run in the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive elec­tion in March.

Busi­ness ty­coon, “Fa­ther of Lan Kwai Fong” Al­lan Ze­man, who is also an Elec­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber from the cater­ing sub­sec­tor, spoke highly of Lam.

“Carrie will be a very good CE”, Ze­man told China Daily. “She has the tem­per­a­ment to unite the peo­ple of Hong Kong, who are very di­vided at the mo­ment, and to ad­dress young peo­ple’s con­cerns and bring them hope.”

He also thought Lam’s pol­i­cy­mak­ing back­ground in lands, so­cial wel­fare and cul­ture would be use­ful to her when run­ning for the post and gov­ern­ing the city if elected.

Al­though some ar­gue Lam lacks ex­pe­ri­ence in han­dling eco­nomic af­fairs, Ze­man said she is a very smart per­son, very good with numbers. He be­lieves there will also be very ca­pa­ble peo­ple in her team to as­sist her in this area.

He also dis­missed the busi­ness sec­tor’s fears that Lam would fa­vor pop­ulism and wel­farism. “They are over­wor­ried be­cause they don’t re­ally un­der­stand her vi­sion,” he noted, say­ing he will nom­i­nate and vote for Lam.

Echo­ing Ze­man, Chan Wing-kee, a Stand­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence and also an Elec­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sub­sec­tor, staunchly backed Lam.

“She is a per­son with very good abil­i­ties, as well as be­ing

Al­lan Ze­man, busi­ness ty­coon and “Fa­ther of Lan Kwai Fong”

strong and prag­matic,” he said. “She is a very good con­tender for the next CE. If she is elected, it will be a good thing and will sta­bi­lize the po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong Hous­ing So­ci­ety Chair­man Marco Wu Moon-hoi, also an Elec­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber from the sur­vey­ing field, has worked with Lam on lands and hous­ing is­sues when she was sec­re­tary for de­vel­op­ment. Wu praised her as “highly ca­pa­ble, com­mit­ted, re­spon­si­ble” per­son and has a heart in do­ing her work.

“She has very broad vi­sions. Be­fore tack­ling prob­lems, she would iden­tify if there are re­sul­tant prob­lems or im­pli­ca­tions, in­stead of solv­ing the im­mi­nent prob­lems only,” he com­mented. “She is a very good CE elec­tion con­tender.”

Mike Rowse, a for­mer se­nior civil ser­vant with 28 years of ser­vice un­til he re­tired in 2008, knows Lam well.

He de­scribed Lam as a very ca­pa­ble, clear-think­ing and ap­proach­able per­son who is very de­ter­mined to carry out her as­sign­ments and tasks.

Rowse, now a head­hunter in the pri­vate sec­tor, hopes Lam will find so­lu­tions to the fun­da­men­tal prob­lems Hong Kong is fac­ing, amid a “poi­sonous at­mos­phere” in the city.

ED­MOND TANG / CHINA DAILY

Chief Sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet­ngor speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in 2015 to in­tro­duce the con­sti­tu­tional re­form pack­age aim­ing to achieve uni­ver­sal suf­frage in the 2017 Chief Ex­ec­u­tive elec­tion. Her per­for­mance in steer­ing through con­sti­tu­tional re­form was widely ap­praised even though the re­form was de­railed by the op­po­si­tion.

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