Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cilor re­veals the soft side of Car­rie Lam

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

For­merly a mem­ber of Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor ’s c a m p a i g n o ff i c e r e s p o n s i - ble for le­gal af­fairs, Ho­race Che­ung Kwok-kwan is now a non-official mem­ber of the new Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil formed fol­low­ing Lam’s elec­tion as chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Asked about his im­pres­sion of Lam, he says: “She is a very soft per­son be­hind the cam­eras although many peo­ple feel she’s tough. She’s also a ver y ca­pa­ble per­son who’s fa­mil­iar with govern­ment poli­cies. She’s re­spon­sive to good sug­ges­tions. There were some pub­lic re­la­tions hic­cups dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign be­cause many cam­paign team mem­bers were new to elec­tions, while some in­ci­dents had been played up.

“Lam, some­how, learned from the mis­takes and be­gan us­ing so­cial me­dia dur­ing the later part of the cam­paign, and she now has ded­i­cated civil ser­vants to man­age her Face­book ac­count.

“I’ve never seen her lose her tem­per although there had been un­founded al­le­ga­tions that Lam had scolded a se­nior fe­male civil ser vant (while Lam was chief sec­re­tary) un­til she cried.”

With­out say­ing whe ther he’s ver y fa­mil­iar with the new leader, Che­ung says: “I had helped her in her cam­paign in my pri­vate ca­pac­ity. I know her cam­paign of­fice di­rec­tor Bernard Chan (who has been ap­pointed ExCo con­venor) very well be­cause he had voted for me when I con­tested the 2003 Dis­trict Coun­cil elec­tions. I also know an­other cam­paign staff mem­ber Lawrence Li quite well.”

Che­ung spends most of his time on LegCo and ExCo af­fairs, leav­ing his trusted col­leagues to look af­ter his own law firm. As for his fam­ily, Che­ung says he hardly has time to dine with his wife and two young daugh­ters on

She (Car­rie Lam) is a very soft per­son be­hind the cam­eras although many peo­ple feel she’s tough. She’s also a very ca­pa­ble per­son who’s fa­mil­iar with govern­ment poli­cies.”

week­days, but he of­ten goes home in be­tween meet­ings to be with them for a while.

Ho­race Che­ung Kwok-kwan,

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