Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who is believed to be joining the race for chief executive next year, attended a dinner hosted by Sino Group chairman Robert Ng Chee-siong and his son Daryl Ng Win-kong at their Mount Cameron home where the guest list included many second-generation tycoons and election committee members.
After the banquet, Lam did not respond to reporters’ questions about whether she was campaigning for votes, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Several news reports have suggested that Lam will resign this Thursday to enter the race for the city’s top job.
According to Apple Daily, the dinner guests included Douglas Woo Chun-kuen , chairman of Wheelock and Company Ltd. (00020.HK); Kenneth Fok Kai-kong and Eric Fok Kai-shan, grandchildren of the former Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference vice-chairman Henry Fok Ying-tung; Adrian David Li Man-kiu, vice chief executive of Bank of East Asia; Adam Kwok Kai-fai, executive director of Sun Hung Kai Properties (00016.HK), Thomas Jefferson Wu, managing director and executive director of Hopewell Holdings Ltd. (00054.HK); Gigi Chao, daughter of Cheuk Nang Holdings Ltd. (00131.HK) chairman Cecil Chao Sze-tsung; Benjamin Cha Yiu-chung, son of Victor Cha Mou-zing, vice chairman of HKR International Ltd. (00480.HK); Alexander Lui Yiu-wah, executive director of K. Wah International (00173.HK); and Winnie Chiu, director of The Far Eastern Group Development.
Another guest, entrepreneur Allan Zeman, said Lam talked about her vision for Hong Kong at the dinner.
Meanwhile, Ming Pao Daily reported that Lam’s election campaign team has been formed, led by West Kowloon Cultural District Administration deputy chairman Ronald Arculli with businessman Bernard Charnwut Chan and barrister Laurence Li Lu-jen as campaign directors.
Commenting on the dinner, Democratic Party chief executive Lam Cheuk-ting accused Lam of campaigning even before she has resigned from government, noting that the gathering was obviously election-related.
Civic Party legislator Tanya Chan Suk-chong also questioned the propriety of Lam attending the event, saying that she should have resigned first.
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