Matthew Cheung

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The Honourable
Matthew Cheung
GBM, GBS, JP
張建宗
政務司司長張建宗15.jpg
Chief Secretary for Administration
Assumed office
16 January 2017
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying
Carrie Lam
Preceded by Carrie Lam
Secretary for Labour and Welfare
In office
1 July 2007 – 16 January 2017
Preceded by York Chow (Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food)
Stephen Ip (Secretary for Economic Development and Labour)
Succeeded by Stephen Sui
Personal details
Born November 1951 (age 65–66)
Hong Kong
Nationality Chinese
Alma mater University of Hong Kong

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP (Chinese: 張建宗; born 1951) is a Hong Kong government official. He is the current Chief Secretary for Administration and served as the Secretary for Labour and Welfare.

Biography[edit]

Cheung was born in Hong Kong in 1951. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1972, then became an Information Officer for the then British colonial government. During the Vietnamese refugee crisis of the 1970s, he was responsible for arranging visits for foreign media to the refugee camps.[1] He was transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979 and has served in various bureaus and departments in the government.

During his earlier years of service, he served in the Finance Branch, Home Affairs Department, City and New Territories Administration, Government House and the Industry Department. As a directorate officer since 1986, Cheung served as District Officer of North District, Assistant Director-General of Trade, Administrative Assistant to the Financial Secretary, Deputy Judiciary Administrator, and Deputy Head of Central Policy Unit.[2]

He was promoted to Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower (1996–1999), Commissioner for Labour (1999–2000), Director of Education (2000–2002), and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (later known as Permanent Secretary for Economic Development/Commissioner for Labour; 2002–2007). He was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2004.[2] Cheung was known for his hardworking style, having taken less than three weeks off in the five years leading up to his retirement in March 2007 as Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour.[1]

In July 2007, he was appointed Secretary for Labour and Welfare, one of the principal officials. During his tenure, he oversaw the minimum wage legislation and Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme introduced in 2011. He also tackled issues such as the Old Age Living Allowance, standard working hours and paternity leave, all of which are still fiercely debated over by unionists and employers with opposing views.[1] He was criticised for his low profile during the 2013 Hong Kong dock strike.[3] He was also criticised for only taking orders from his superiors and not taking responsibility for decisions.[1]

In January 2017, he became the Chief Secretary for Administration, replacing Carrie Lam.[2]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Jacqueline Willis
Commissioner of Labour
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Pamela Tan
Preceded by
Fanny Law
Director of Education
2000–2002
Succeeded by
Arthur Li
as Secretary for Education and Manpower
Preceded by
Pamela Tan
Commissioner of Labour
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Paul Tang
Political offices
Preceded by
York Chow
as Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Secretary for Labour and Welfare
2007–2017
Succeeded by
Stephen Sui
Preceded by
Stephen Ip
as Secretary for Economic Development and Labour
Preceded by
Carrie Lam
Chief Secretary for Administration
2017–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Previous:
Leung Chun-ying
Former Chief Executive
Hong Kong order of precedence
Chief Secretary for Administration
Succeeded by
Paul Chan Mo-po
Financial Secretary