Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa said he hopes Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who is set to begin her term as Hong Kong’s fourth chief executive on July 1, can lead the city for another five years from 2022.
In an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Tung, who served as the city’s first CE from 1997 to 2005, said it is best for the city’s top leader to have two terms, or 10 years, to ensure sustainability of policies.
Tung, who is now vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s highest political advisory body, said many of the problems in society require at least 10 or 15 years to be solved.
As such, it is not good for society to see its leaders changed too often because the government would not be able to pursue its policies, he said.
Tung said China’s generation-skipping system that allows a leader to appoint a successor to the next one, is worthy of reference because the appointed person can have a lot of time learning how to be a good leader and be ready when taking on the leadership role.
He said Lam is not only experienced, capable and highly trusted by Beijing but also still quite young at 60. All this will enable her to serve two terms, Tung added.
If Tung’s wish does come true, Lam will be the first chief executive to serve for 10 years, although Lam herself has said she would not seek to do so.
While he has high hopes for Lam’s re-election, Tung stressed that she must be supported by excellent public relations and also by the media, although he added that support from the latter may be hard to get at the moment.
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