Power couple deny resignation plan

Central Station | 21 Mar 2017

Two senior government officials yesterday quashed talk that a Carrie Lam victory in this Sunday's chief executive poll would trigger an upheaval in the civil service.

Thomas Chow Tat-ming, permanent secretary for the civil service, and his wife, Elizabeth Tse Man-yee, permanent secretary for financial services and the treasury, denied speculation they would quit in the event Lam wins.

Chow responded to rumors that Lam, described as a "control freak," had made his wife cry and that he and his wife were the two high-ranking civil servants considering resigning

"Civil servants are professionals. We stick to our duties at all times. This will not change with the term of government or when a new chief comes into office," he said.

He refused to comment though on his relationship with Lam, saying she is a CE candidate.

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