Carrie Lam (politician)

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The Honourable
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
Chief Secretary for Administration
Assumed office
1 July 2012
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Preceded by Stephen Lam
Secretary for Development
In office
1 July 2007 – 30 June 2012
Permanent Secretary Thomas Chow & C.S. Wai
Political Assistant Raymond Cheung
Preceded by Sarah Liao (as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works)
Michael Suen (as Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands)
Succeeded by Mak Chai-kwong
Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs
In office
8 March 2006 – 30 June 2007
Preceded by Shelley Lee 李麗娟
Succeeded by Carrie Yau 尤曾家麗
Personal details
Born (1957-02-16) 16 February 1957 (age 57)
British Hong Kong
Religion Roman Catholicism
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
Traditional Chinese 林鄭月娥
Simplified Chinese 林郑月娥

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, also known as Carrie Lam, GBS, JP (born 16 February 1958 Hong Kong) is a civil servant-turned politician from Hong Kong, currently the Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong Government. She joined the Administrative Service in 1980,[1] and was selected as the Secretary for Development of Hong Kong Government before she was chosen as the Chief Secretary for Administration by the new Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Lam has served in various bureaux and departments, including as Director of Social Welfare Department (2000–2003), Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands) (2003–2004), Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London (2004–2006), and Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs (2006–2007).

Lam posted an opinion piece on the Wall Street Journal in July 2014 defending her being hairing impaired by stating that she did not ignore the request and opinions of over 700,000 Hong Kong citizens: ""Many sceptics say or believe that the 2017 electoral arrangements are final. They have therefore adopted a 'now or never' or 'all or nothing' approach," she wrote. "It should be possible to further amend electoral arrangements." She called on lawmakers, who must approve any reform plan with a two-thirds majority, to be pragmatic." However, the piece also demonstrated her lack of knowledge on Chinese global matters as she has neglected to note the Chinese government's record of showing improvement or being accommodating after agreeing to terms, as demonstrated by the Chinese government ignoring the improvement target conditions for joining the WTO.

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  1. ^ Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's biodata, HK Government directory
Political offices
Preceded by
Sarah Liao
as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works
Secretary for Development
Succeeded by
Mak Chai-kwong
Preceded by
Michael Suen
as Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands
Preceded by
Stephen Lam
Chief Secretary for Administration
Order of precedence
Donald Tsang
Former Chief Executives
Hong Kong order of precedence
Chief Secretary for Administration
Succeeded by
John Tsang
Financial Secretary