Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.
Three veteran journalists join Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's team
Recruitment of media figures seen as a move by the government to bring in experts to help defuse tension amid a string of political crises
Three veteran journalists are among seven political appointees named yesterday to join Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration.
Carmen Cheung Sau-lai, 48, a former political editor at The Standard and public relations practitioner, was named political assistant to the Chief Secretary, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, while the former Ming Pao local news editor, Julian Law Wing-chung, 34, will be an aide to the Financial Secretary.
Zandra Mok Yee-tuen, 39, who was political assistant to the secretary for labour and welfare, was reappointed for another term. She was a senior reporter with TVB and one of the members of the think tank 30SGroup who co-signed a statement in September to support the anti-national education campaign.
The latest additions to Leung's administration brings the number of political aides with a journalistic background to four, including the undersecretary for transport and housing, Yau Shing-mu. Former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's government also had four aides with the same background.
Now TV's news editor, Rebecca Chan Hoi-yan, is tipped to be named as a political assistant to the secretary for food and health.
The Liberal Party's honorary chairman James Tien Pei-chun, asked if journalists were being recruited to help defuse tension amid a string of political crises, said journalists were more politically sensitive to help deal with a crisis.
But taking the issues of national education and the old-age living allowance as examples, Tien said: "There are problems with the government policy itself. I hope the new political appointees can do a good job in consultation ... and not just help the government to defuse tension."
Two bureaus also named their undersecretaries yesterday. Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, 49, currently principal assistant secretary for food and health, will become the undersecretary for education on Monday.
Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee, 54, a former director of research of the University of Hong Kong's nursing school, will assume the role of undersecretary for food and health today.
Jeff Sze Chun-fai, 26, was named political assistant to the secretary for education. Sze, a member of the New People's Party who was executive director of the Savantas Policy Institute, is the youngest political appointee recruited since the undersecretary and political assistant posts were introduced in 2008.
Cassius Lau Fu-sang, 55, the retired chief superintendent of police, was appointed political assistant to the secretary for security. He will take up his role on Monday.