Thursday, 4 May 2017

Carrie Lam's Tough Sell

Today Eric Chan was confirmed as Carrie Lam's office director
Chief executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is still trying to find people for her cabinet, as she starts her job very soon.

The latest hire is Eric Chan Kwok-ki, former immigration chief who will head the next chief executive's office.

She explained he was the best person for the job, which is a crucial one, and that he accepted without hesitation.

"He has to assist me in preparing the next term of government, ensuring a smooth transition between the current and the next term of government in liaising with a large number of stakeholders, including Legislative Council members and of course local and overseas media to ensure effective governance of the Hong Kong SAR," Lam said.

Will Lam invite Regina Ip (left) to join her cabinet?
When Chan was asked why he would join a "hot kitchen", he replied, "Every job has its difficulties and I believe good policies and directions could cool the so-called 'hot kitchen' down."

Chan joined the Immigration Department in 1982 as an assistant immigration officer, and worked his way up to become deputy director in 2010 before he was appointed director in 2011. He retired last April.

However, the Democratic Party's James To Kun-shun flagged concerns that Chan's disciplinary background could hinder him from fully understanding government policies, but Lam insisted Chan was qualified for the job.

While Lam has said she's making "good progress" in putting her team together, she has admitted having a tough time filling her cabinet, as many good people were driven away from joining the government.

She may have won 777 votes, 88 more votes than her former boss five years earlier, but then why is she having so much trouble getting people to work with her? How did she win the popular vote (among 1,200 people), and yet not be able to find enough people to join her cabinet?

Maybe Beijing needs to make a few phone calls or meetings with people to suggest they help her out?

Oh wait, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee is keen... if Lam wants her...

Who's more desperate?

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