Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will not read ‘lengthy’ maiden policy address word-by-word

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says that she will only cover the major policies and philosophy of her maiden policy address when she delivers it to the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

She said it was “lengthy” and could take over four hours if read in full: “I hope this will be welcomed by the Legislative Council members and by the public at large.”

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Lam said that the first 100 days of her term have passed and she uploaded a video about her work so far to Facebook on Monday evening. She will be releasing a document on the government’s progress later on Tuesday.

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Carrie Lam. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

The address will touch on topics including the reform of the Central Policy Unit, the Low-income Working Family Allowance and the two-tier tax system, she said.

Lam added that without the time constraints of having to read it aloud, there was less pressure to keep the word count down.

In a departure from tradition, Lam said that the shorter address resulted from a recommendation by the Executive Council: “I think they’re worried that they will fall asleep in the audience,” she joked.

Lam also said that she is ready to explain her proposals and initiatives, and the duration of Wednesday’s press conference will be extended to allow journalists to ask questions. The policy address press conference will be also the first that will be open to digital media outlets.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she will not read 'lengthy' maiden policy address word-by-word