Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, who is due to retire from government service when his term expires at the end of June, is likely to stay on for at least one more year under Chief Executive-designate Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Yuen has decided not to leave the “hot kitchen” as issues concerning the co-location arrangement for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link have yet to be resolved, sources told the newspaper.
As the high-speed rail link is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2018, Yuen will remain at his post for at least another 12 months, the sources said, adding that the secretary has yet to finalize discussions with Lam on the length of his term in the new administration.
Meanwhile, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung and Paul Chan Mo-po are also expected to remain in their respective posts as chief secretary and secretary for finance, respectively, under Lam’s administration.
Earlier there were rumors that Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, chairman of the Lingnan University Council, could emerge as the new financial chief.
But sources said Chan remains the favorite for the top financial post, despite his close connections with outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
Tony Tse Wai-chuen, a former lawmaker for the architectural, surveying and planning constituency, could be one of the few new faces joining Lam’s team as secretary for development, while the Democratic Party’s Law Chi-kwong is tipped to be the next secretary for labor and welfare.
Frank Chan Fan, director of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, could be promoted to either secretary for development or secretary for transport and housing.
Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health) Patrick Nip Tak-kuen could also be promoted to secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, while Permanent Secretary for Security Joshua Law Chi-kong could be named secretary for the civil service.
Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong and Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung are expected to remain in their current positions.
Director of the Chief Executive’s Office Edward Yau Tang-wah is tipped to become secretary for commerce and economic development, while Undersecretary for Financial Services and the Treasury James Lau and Undersecretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee could be promoted to head their respective bureaus.
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