Former secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said he wants to run for local deputy to the National People’s Congress to serve as a bridge between Hong Kong and the mainland, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Tam will also be reunited with his old boss, former financial secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung, by joining the business group New Frontier.
Leung chairs New Frontier, an investment group that focuses on health, education, innovative technology and financial industries.
Tam will serve as vice president of its medical business unit and president of its education business division starting Oct. 1.
He served as Leung’s press secretary during the latter’s tenure with the government from 2001 to 2003.
Tam’s appointment was given the green light on Monday by the Advisory Committee on Post-office Employment for Former Chief Executives and Politically Appointed Officials.
The committee granted the application on the condition that Tam does not contact any mainland officials with a view to seeking benefits for his employer, hk01.com reported.
Leung resigned as financial secretary after it was revealed he had bought a luxury Lexus car before announcing tax increases on new vehicles in the 2003 budget. Tam was also criticized for not warning his boss on the potential conflict of interest.
Tam said he had nearly decided to leave the government sector, but the secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs at the time, Stephen Lam Sui-lung, turned to him for help on the political reform.
Although the reform was a failure, then Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen appreciated his efforts and made him undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs in 2008.
He then became the director of the Chief Executive’s Office in 2009 and finally became the secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs in 2011 until the end of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration on 30 June this year.
Tam said he wished to become NPC deputy to help ease tense relations between Hong Kong and the mainland.
He believes that he is experienced in handling issues affecting the two sides and is knowledgeable in many aspects such as the 13th Five-Year Plan and Bay Area Plans.
Meanwhile, Antony Leung said he was happy to be working with Tam again, and praised him for his resourcefulness and experience.
For his part, Tam expressed support for Leung’s ideas and the social responsibilities that his company is taking.
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