Big day finally arrives for Lam

Top News | Flora Chung 12 Jan 2017

Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will resign this afternoon, becoming the second top government official after John Tsang Chun-wah to step down in preparation for the chief executive elections.

Lam, 59, will announce her resignation after a daylong seminar.

It is expected that Tsang will receive an answer from Beijing today approving his resignation as financial secretary after waiting for word for a month.

Sources said Lam will give a 45-minute speech in an "internal government seminar," where more than 100 department and bureau heads will discuss the government's role in a developing city.

It will be held from 9.30am to 5.30pm at the Hong Kong Science Park in Pak Shek Kok.

Lam - a civil servant since earning a sociology degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1980 - is expected to recap her government work.

She will also express her vision for future policymaking in her speech, which will likely be seen as a preview of her election platform.

Executive Councillor Bernard Charnwut Chan, Path of Democracy convener Ronny Tong Ka-wah and Social Ventures Hong Kong founder Francis Ngai Wah-sing - who are believed to have joined Lam's election campaign team - will be guest speakers in the seminar.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will not join the seminar as he is busy drafting his last policy address that will be delivered next Wednesday.

Lam had a meeting with Leung yesterday after her car was spotted in the Chief Executive Office's parking lot.

But a spokeswoman for the Chief Secretary for Administration's Office said Lam, along with other principal officials, attended a regular briefing session chaired by Leung every morning.

Lam's bid for the top job has all been mooted when she said last month she "had to reconsider" after Leung announced his decision not to run for a second term.

Also said to be on Lam's campaign team are barrister Laurence Li Lu-jen, businessman Peter Lam Kin-ngok's assistant Benson Luk Hon-man, and members of Our Hong Kong Foundation, a think tank founded by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa.

West Kowloon Cultural District Administration deputy chairman Ronald Arculli opened a shell company called Wellink Development Ltd at Hutchison House in Central apparently for Lam's campaign last month.

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