Franklin Lam Fan-keung

Franklin Lam Fan-keung is an Executive Council member. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and is a founder of HKGolden50, an independent non-profit policy research organisation. During the Asian financial crisis in 1997, Lam served as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit. He then became a managing director at UBS from 2000 to 2011.


The ICAC has been politicised - but not by Leung

Avery Ng Man-yuen, of League of Social Democrats, leaves ICAC headquarters after making a statement in the Franklin Lam case. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

There has been a lot of talk recently about "politicisation" of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Much of the commentary has been very wide of the mark and, in some cases, the logic of the situation has been turned completely upside down.

Monday, 2 September, 2013, 3:53am 2 comments

CY is right - ICAC is being used as a political tool

Franklin Lam

Public Eye dares anyone to look in the mirror and say "no" if asked this: is the ICAC being used as a political tool? Of course it is. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying got slammed for urging politicians not to misuse the Independent Commission Against Corruption. But someone had to say it.

21 Aug 2013 - 3:50am 3 comments

Franklin Lam case shows the exacting price of public office

Franklin Lam Fan-keung. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

After nine months of investigation, Executive Councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung has been cleared of any wrongdoing in selling flats ahead of the introduction of new stamp duties.  Although the probe vindicated him, the property analyst resigned from the chief executive's cabinet, making him the third to leave since July last year. The outcome speaks volumes about the political pressure on those holding public Office.

7 Aug 2013 - 10:04am

Franklin Lam Fan-keung silent on flats scandal

Franklin Lam

"Many people share a xenophobic sentiment and think that our local culture will be weakened," said Lam in the pre-recorded interview. "I'm not afraid that because of an increasing number of incoming mainlanders, our city will become another [mainland-style] Chinese city."

4 Aug 2013 - 3:56am 3 comments

Exco resignation sparks fears over recruiting from industry

Franklin Lam Fan-keung

Executive Councillor Bernard Chan says he is worried the government may face difficulty bringing in outside talent following Franklin Lam Fan-keung's resignation, but fellow executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee says she believes there are still many people willing to enter what she called "the hot kitchen".

3 Aug 2013 - 4:45am

Abuse of legal system a concern, says Zervos

Kevin Zervos. Photo: Sam Tsang

The city's top prosecutor yesterday agreed there was concern people might abuse the justice system for political purposes, but refused to say if he thought the Franklin Lam Fan-keung case was one such example.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos admitted it was a concern if people were motivated by other than a desire to ensure justice was being done.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:51am 1 comment

Franklin Lam's nose for a deal leads to a whiff of trouble

Franklin Lam. Photo: Edward Wong

Formerly a star investment analyst known for his accurate predictions, Franklin Lam was apparently unable to foresee that his political career - or at least the first chapter of it - would be so short.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:51am 1 comment

Franklin Lam in clear on ICAC flat sales probe, but he quits Exco

Former executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung quit yesterday, even though the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute him over allegations of misconduct in public office and offering illicit advantages.

2 Aug 2013 - 3:47pm 5 comments

C.Y. Leung must wield the axe to salvage government's credibility

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

Since Leung Chun-ying became the chief executive a year ago, his administration has been plagued by an endless string of scandals, leading to the plummeting of its credibility, which has now hit rock bottom.

26 Jul 2013 - 2:35am 11 comments

Exco members' poor exit strategy

Barry Cheung Chun-yuen. Photo: Edward Wong

My college professor used to say, "My best advice in life is this: quit while you're ahead". It's great advice for people in every walk of life. But some of our politicians seem to live by a different adage, that of rapper MC Hammer: too legit to quit. Take Barry Cheung Chun-yuen and Franklin Lam Fan-keung, both being investigated for wrongdoing. Cheung finally resigned from his position as an executive councillor a week ago while Lam is on indefinite leave from Exco.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 2 comments

Exco has been losing power and authority since handover, says Legco chief Tsang

Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

Jasper Tsang's suggestion follows last week's resignation of Exco member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who is being investigated by police in connection with his failed Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange. Another Exco member, Franklin Lam Fan-keung, has been on indefinite leave of absence since November after coming under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

27 May 2013 - 12:07pm 5 comments

Exco's Franklin Lam backs off suing Apple Daily

Franklin Lam Fan-keung. Photo: Edward Wong

Executive Councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung has decided not to sue Apple Daily for an article that said he was biased against migrants - a claim the paper has admitted was untrue.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Criticism of government must be based on fact

Apple Daily wrongly claimed Franklin Lam Fan-keung to be discriminating against people from the mainland. Photo: Edward Wong

The Apple Daily newspaper was recently obliged to issue a front-page apology to executive councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung, after wrongly claiming that he had admitted discriminating against people from the mainland. In fact, not only was the story not true, it was the exact opposite of what Lam had actually said.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:42am 2 comments

What the local media says, January 19, 2013

Franklin Lam Fan-keung. Photo: Edward Wong

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Golf carts on park patrol: blatantly flouting law for years

19 Jan 2013 - 2:08am

Talking points

Franklin Lam

Lawmakers will discuss the controversy surrounding Executive Council member Franklin Lam Fan-keung's sale of two luxury flats just before the government announced extra measures to cool the housing market. Lam has been granted leave of absence from his role as a member of the government's top advisory body in the wake of the controversy.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:52am