Date
13 December 2017
Carrie Lam stands beside the Legislative Council president during her first Q&A session with the lawmakers as chief executive on Wednesday. Photo: RTHK
Carrie Lam stands beside the Legislative Council president during her first Q&A session with the lawmakers as chief executive on Wednesday. Photo: RTHK

Carrie Lam seeks to improve executive-legislative relations

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has pledged to do her best to improve the relationship between the legislative and executive branches during her five-year term.

In her first question-and-answer session at the Legislative Council since taking office as CE, Lam said she has been dealing with lawmakers as a government official over the past 20 years ago, only to have felt “sad, grieved and worried” in the past few years because there has been no mutual trust between officials and lawmakers, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

While Lam acknowledged that it’s hard to expect executive-legislative relations to improve dramatically in a short period of time, she said the adverse situation does not discourage her as she is still convinced most lawmakers and officials love Hong Kong and are willing to find a way out.

She urged lawmakers to resolve their differences and work with the government in improving the people’s livelihood and the economy.

In a bid to achieve this, Lam unveiled four approaches that she will take in the next five years.

They include establishing a mechanism for constant communication with all parties, restoring the time of delivering policy address back to October every year, attending Legco sessions more frequently and demanding all principal officials to lobby the lawmakers in person.

Lam’s gesture earned positive responses from lawmakers, with New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip approving Lam’s performance in her maiden appearance as CE at the Legco.

Lawmaker Wu Chi-wai, who chairs the Democratic Party, praised Lam for understanding where the social conflicts stem from, but said whether she has the ability to really solve the problems remains to be seen.

Her first policy address this October would provide a good indicator, he added.

Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung said the pan-democratic camp can respond “normally” as long as Lam becomes a “normal” chief executive.

While answering the lawmakers’ questions, Lam stood beside the Legco president, rather than speaking in front of him as her predecessor Leung Chun-ying used to do.

Political commentator Choy Chi-keung said Lam’s gesture suggested she wanted to gain the trust of lawmakers, especially the pan-democrats, by showing a soft and modest attitude at the beginning of her term.

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