Lai Tung-kwok

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Lai in 2013.

Lai Tung-kwok, GBS,[1] IDSM,[2] JP[1] (Chinese: 黎棟國; Jyutping: lai4 dung3 gwok3; born 12 November 1951 in Hong Kong) is retired civil servant and principal official who held the position of Secretary for Security of Hong Kong between 2012 and 2017. He previously served as Under Secretary for Security[3] from 2009 to 2012 and Director of Immigration from 2002 to 2008.[4][5]

Lai joined the British Hong Kong Government as an Assistant Immigration Officer in 1973. He was promoted to Immigration Officer in 1980, Senior Immigration Officer in 1986, Chief Immigration Officer in 1990, Assistant Principal Immigration Officer in 1992, Principal Immigration Officer in 1995, Senior Principal Immigration Officer in 1997 and to Assistant Director of Immigration in 1999. He was promoted to Deputy Director of Immigration in 2001. Lai was appointed Director of Immigration in 2002.[5] He ceased to be Director of Immigration in 2008 and retired in 2009, when he was succeeded by Simon Peh. In 2009, he was appointed as the Under Secretary for Security.[6] On 1 July 2012, Lai was promoted to Secretary for Security of Hong Kong. As head of the Security Bureau of Hong Kong, he is responsible for overseeing most of the Hong Kong's Disciplinary Service entities.[7]


  1. ^ a b "GovHK: Mr Lai Tung-kwok, SBS, IDSM, JP, Secretary for Security". Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ New under secretaries announced Archived 2009-11-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Profile of Hong Kong gov't official: Lai Tung-kwok
  5. ^ a b Appointment of Director of Immigration
  6. ^ The Chief Executive (CE) appoints two Under Secretaries
  7. ^ State Council appoints new HK govt lineup
Government offices
Preceded by
Ambrose Lee
Director of Immigration
2002 - 2008
Succeeded by
Simon Peh
Political offices
Preceded by
New position
Under Secretary for Security
2009 - 2012
Succeeded by
John Lee
Preceded by
Ambrose Lee
Secretary for Security
2012 - 2017
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Choi Pak-lai
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Chan Kam-lam
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star