Date
27 June 2017
DAB's Starry Lee is among the pro-establishment political figures who have said they will offer recommendations for CE-elect Carrie Lam as she sets up her administration team. Photo: CNSA
DAB's Starry Lee is among the pro-establishment political figures who have said they will offer recommendations for CE-elect Carrie Lam as she sets up her administration team. Photo: CNSA

Pro-establishment parties to recommend names for Lam team

As chief executive-elect Carrie Lam is seeking to set up her administration team, pro-establishment parties are preparing to send in recommendations and offer suggestions on possible candidates for various posts.

Starry Lee, who chairs the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), announced that the party has prepared its recommendation list, without specifying who they are or what posts they are recommended to take, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Meanwhile, lawmaker Chung Kwok-pan, who is from the Liberty Party, said his group will come up with its own recommendations in about two weeks.

Chung revealed that one person on the list is the party chairman Cheung Yu-yan, also a sitting lawmaker, who he said is fit for the post of Secretary for Education.

Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a lawmaker from the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, said its members are still discussing the issue and that they may come up with some suggestions later.

Meanwhile, Jasper Tsang, former president of the Legislative Council, told HKEJ that he believes Cheung may prefer being a lawmaker, rather than serve as a government official.

As for Tsang himself, the ex-Legco chief pointed out that he is already 70 years old and that he is not suitable for a post in the government.

There are a lot of capable people in the current government and it will not be surprising if Lam chooses some of her team members from the existing administration.

In other news, a public poll conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong found 42 percent of the respondents support Lam as the city’s new leader, compared to 29 percent who said they don’t.

In the poll released last Friday, four in ten respondents said they think Lam meets the four basic criteria required by Beijing, namely loving China and Hong Kong, trusted by Beijing, being capable of governing, and being supported by the Hong Kong people.

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