17 March 2018
Carrie Lam says her decision to run for chief executive was made after she received "divine" guidance. Photo: Reuters
Carrie Lam says her decision to run for chief executive was made after she received "divine" guidance. Photo: Reuters

Carrie Lam unveils platform, calls herself a non-socialist

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who has resigned to run for chief executive in March, has unveiled her platform, calling it her “visions” for Hong Kong.

These include making disadvantaged groups share the fruits of economic development, creating more jobs by diversifying the economy, building a society of forgiveness and compassion, bringing out young people’s potential, safeguarding “one country, two systems”, helping people achieve quality life through balanced development and seizing future opportunities.

Speaking at a seminar hours before she tendered her resignation, Lam called herself a non-socialist, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.  

Lam urged public servants to better understand their roles as service providers and promoters of government policy, saying they should be more innovative.

The current political atmosphere has made it more difficult for them to do their jobs, Lam said.

Lam said she will formally announce her candidacy after Beijing approves her resignation.

She said her decision to run for Hong Kong’s top job was made after she received “divine” advice.

Meanwhile, Lam pushed back against criticism of her handling of the Palace Museum project, saying it has been made as an excuse to launch personal attacks against her.

She blamed the media for creating the impression that she was hated by some administration officials.

Former lawmaker Ronny Tong, convenor of the think tank Path of Democracy, said Lam gave a complete set of ideas about how she will run the government if she is elected.

But pan-democrats appear to have reservations about supporting Lam.

Lawmaker Charles Mok, who represents the information technology sector, said democrats will not be on Lam’s side after she said she will follow in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s footsteps, according to Apple Daily.

Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung criticized Lam for breaking her promise to retire after her term ends and accused her of being “phony”.

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