Supportive, avoiding disturbances but far less travelling: Carrie Lam’s husband reveals plan to be ‘man behind’ Hong Kong’s incoming leader

Lam also revealed Xi Jinping encouraged Carrie Lam to uphold the “one country, two systems” principle during meeting with couple at Friday’s meeting

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 June, 2017, 10:24pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 June, 2017, 11:10pm

Hong Kong’s soon-to-be “first husband” finally opened up on Friday evening, the eve of his wife Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s swearing-in as the next chief executive, declaring that he will “be the man behind her”.

At the welcome banquet for President Xi Jinping, Lam Siu-por was relaxed and candid when the media scrambled to talk to him. The shy mathematics scholar who had so far studiously tried to avoid the limelight shared his sentiments as the couple embark on a new chapter of their life.

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“I’ll encourage her and try to avoid disturbances to her,” Lam said, adding that the incoming city leader has spent much time preparing for the swearing-in ceremony before the president on Saturday morning. Their two sons will be at the event, he said.

“I will be the man behind ... but I will not bear any civil service duties as my personality is not suitable for doing that kind of work,” Lam said when asked about his role.

Traditionally, the wives of Hong Kong’s three chief executives have played a prominent role in the charity sector and become the Chief Girl Guide for the guiding movement, among other tasks.

The former professor who previously worked in United Kingdom and Beijing said he would stay in Hong Kong to support his wife and he was planning to study Latin.

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“I will rarely go travelling now, as she [Carrie Lam] is busy ... and it’s not much fun travelling without her,” Lam said.

During her campaign before she was elected in March, Carrie Lam posted on her Facebook account the love letter written by her husband on Valentine’s Day, in which he said he hoped she will contribute to the implementation of “one country, two systems” principle.

Asked on Friday evening what Xi told the couple during their meeting yesterday, Lam said the president encouraged Carrie Lam to uphold the “one country, two systems” principle.