Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor

Carrie Lam 'happy to see re-emphasis on Basic Law' after Li Fei visit

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam greets Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei in a luncheon with lawmakers and officials in Government House, Central 22NOV13

Hongkongers are re-focusing on the Basic Law in their recent discussions about the city’s electoral reform, said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Friday. 

Friday, 29 November, 2013, 12:01pm 3 comments

Arts hub will not seek new funding, says Lam

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Construction of some facilities at the West Kowloon arts hub may be delayed and it is likely to include more flats and offices as it tries to survive without further government funding.

29 Jun 2013 - 5:25am 3 comments

Leung Chun-ying, Carrie Lam defend ministers after Regina Ip's criticism

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee says some ministers are not professional enough and the financial secretary is a miser.

But her comments yesterday drew a swift defence of the governing team from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

29 Jun 2013 - 5:33am 3 comments

Carrie Lam says she's staying put … for now

Carrie Lam and CY Leung deny there is tension. Photo: David Wong

A dozen years ago, we had the "Tung-Chan partnership"; now it's the "Leung-Lam partnership". And once again there's talk of strains in the relationship between the government's top two people.

29 Jun 2013 - 5:25am 1 comment

Working relationship with chief executive is fine, says chief secretary

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Friday rejected suggestions that she would resign early because she had only a minor role to play in the current administration.

Lam, the city’s second highest ranking official, was responding to questions over her relationship with her boss Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

28 Jun 2013 - 4:29pm 1 comment

My team is in perfect harmony, says Leung

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The relationship between Leung Chin-ying and his chief secretary is one of "perfect harmony", the chief executive said yesterday, rejecting suggestions that they are on bad terms.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor "is my right-hand woman. I very much respect her opinions," Leung said.

28 Jun 2013 - 5:13am

Sweeteners offered to win support for landfill expansions

A rubbish truck is sprayed as it enters the South East New Territories landfill at Tai Chik Sha in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: Felix Wong

Top officials were still seeking support yesterday from lawmakers for plans to expand rubbish dumps, despite the announcement of measures aimed at easing opposition.

10 Jul 2013 - 8:45am

Secretary's short-lived stint with press pack

The top media aide at the Chief Secretary's Office has become one of the most short-lived press secretaries in recent years, as Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor replaced Gilford Law Sun-on this week. Law made way for new press secretary Andy Lam Siu-hong after only 18 months in the job from November 2011, during Stephen Lam Sui-lung's term as chief secretary.

20 Jun 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

Exco sticks to recommended pay rises for civil service

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Resisting pressure from civil service unions, the government is sticking to its pay rise offer of less than 4 per cent for its employees this year.

The decision was made yesterday by the Executive Council amid growing tension between the government and its staff.

Acting Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor urged unions boycotting the pay system to "change their minds".

12 Jun 2013 - 4:12am 1 comment

Carrie Lam urges unions to rejoin civil service pay panel

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: David Wong

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor - who is the acting chief executive while Leung Chun-ying is in New York - has called on police unions and disciplinary services unions to “change their minds” on a boycott over an unpopular pay rise for civil servants.

She urged them to return to the government pay adjustment mechanism, which they decided to quit in protest of this year’s pay rise offer.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Barry Cheung held in the highest regard, before the downfall of HKMEx

Barry Cheung holds a Harvard Business School MBA.

He was once named the best public servant by the government's No 2 official, but until Saturday the public knew little about Barry Cheung Chun-yuen.

"He is not even one of the best. He is the best," Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told a Chinese-language newspaper in an interview three years ago.

23 May 2013 - 4:30am 4 comments

ICAC chiefs should be open to investigation, says Carrie Lam

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng. Photo: Nora Tam

Apparently targeting former commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming for the first time, Lam said that while the Independent Commission Against Corruption was independent of the government, its officers were bound by the rules on civil servants, which included the giving of gifts.

29 Apr 2013 - 9:05am 10 comments

Ministers sweep into hygiene roles in clean-up drive

Ko Wing-man, secretary for food and health, and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor don rubber gloves to polish a handrail in Tai Po as part of a city-wide cleaning campaign. Photo: Felix Wong

The No 2 in the government hunkers down to clean railings at a wet market, the housing minister scrubs the floor in another market while the education chief wields a broom in Sai Kung's town centre.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:19am

Lam regrets filibuster over quake donation

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: David Wong

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was disappointment yesterday after lawmakers failed to vote on a proposal to donate HK$100 million to the Sichuan earthquake relief effort amid concerns the funds may be misused.

25 Apr 2013 - 11:04am 10 comments

Hong Kong government may raise civil servants' retirement age

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Sam Tsang

Civil servants in Hong Kong might have to work longer until retirement, as the government reviews the existing retirement age of 60. It is one of the options under consideration to deal with the ageing population, along with subsidies for those who care for the elderly, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:40am 3 comments