Date
17 October 2017
Peter Lam has been appointed to at least four government posts under CY Leung's administration. Photo: HKEJ
Peter Lam has been appointed to at least four government posts under CY Leung's administration. Photo: HKEJ

From ex-Tang supporter to trusted CY Leung adviser

Business magnate Peter Lam, who was once a core supporter of Henry Tang in the chief executive race of 2012, has got the highest number of key government posts in Leung Chun-ying’s administration.

Lam has been appointed chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board in 2013, and also a member of various advisory bodies in recent years, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

These include the Lantau Development Advisory Committee, Consultative Committee on Economic and Trade Co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland, and Aviation Development Advisory Committee. The Lantau and cross-border trade panels were established by the Leung administration.

Some pro-establishment politicians believe the chief executive considers Lam’s support as important because of his ties with an influential political group, the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong. Lam is its current chairman and a key funding source.

Besides being a keen supporter of the Leung administration, the alliance is believed to have replaced the Liberal Party as the most influential group in business circles, and has a good relationship with Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, the report said.

Leung’s supporters only account for 125, or 7 percent, of the 1,700 officials newly appointed or re-appointed by the government.

Despite this, Leung’s supporters are mostly seen in committees that have important functions. In the Lantau Development Advisory Committee, at least five of the 19 non-official members are Leung’s supporters.

Other political stars who hold several offices in the government are Jason Wong, director and general manager of Hong Thai Travel Services Ltd., and accounting professional Nelson Lam, the report said.

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