Carrie Lam at the annual Democratic Party dinner where she donated money
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has revealed some interesting surprises up her sleeve these past few days.
Yesterday she was the first city leader to donate to the Democratic Party -- Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy party. At their annual dinner, Cheng donated HK$30,000 of her own money to sponsor former Democratic lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming as he sang a Cantonese song. Overall the performance raised HK$320,000.
Baroness Lady Hale will be joining the Final Court of Appeal
And then today Cheng announced that for the first time, two female will join Hong Kong's top court to become the first female non-permanent judges in the city's judiciary.
Baroness Brenda Hale of the UK and Beverley McLachlan from Canada were already pioneers in their respective countries to become the first female judges in their top courts.
As a result, the Court of Final Appeal will now have 14 foreign judges. While the appointments are pending approval from the Legislative Council, it is believed local lawyers and lawmakers across the political spectrum are pleased with the news.
Alberta native McLachlan, who is 74, was the first female chief justice of any top court in the British Commonwealth. She retired last December. Lady Hale, 73, is currently president of the UK's Supreme Court. Both are known to have liberal views.
...As will Beverley McLachlan of Canada
Finally Hong Kong's top court is getting with the times and it's fantastic news to have such qualified female judges. Now do they know what they are getting into, that the judiciary is being politicized, mostly by the government, and by extension Beijing?