HK Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam says she has finished forming a 'very practical' Cabinet

Hong Kong's chief executive-elect Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong on March 27, 2017.
Hong Kong's chief executive-elect Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong on March 27, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG - Hong Kong's incoming leader Carrie Lam said she has finished forming her Cabinet, which she described as a "very practical one" with many members from the civil service.

"Compared to the current government, the upcoming Cabinet will have more civil servants. I'd describe my Cabinet as a very practical one," Lam was quoted by the South China Morning Post on Saturday (June 17) as saying.

"I and almost everyone in the Cabinet are already familiar with each other. We don't need to spend too much time on adjusting, but can start working right away," she said.

Still, the chief executive-elect said her team would need a new working style to improve on areas including communication with the Legislative Council.

Lam believed a good policy required effective communication and promotion, so she would demand that her Cabinet work hard on policy promotion.

Her priority after taking office, she said, would be to announce a detailed proposal on what she hopes to do with the extra HK$5 billion (S$887 million) which she plans to inject into the education sector, the Post reported.

Lam, who quit as Hong Kong's former no. 2 official in January in order to run in the election, will govern the city for five years from July 1, taking over from Mr Leung Chun Ying.

Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of its handover by Britain to China on July 1, and Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit the southern Chinese territory for the first time since assuming office in 2013.

Feng Wei, deputy director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, said the presence of China's armed forces in Hong Kong has helped keep the city stable during challenging times, including the Occupy Movement in 2014.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is a "strong force" supporting the stability of the society, Feng said on Friday (June 16) during an internal meeting marking the 20th anniversary of PLA's presence in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a pivotal point in international political relations, and PLA forces should be prepared to deal with more complicated tasks going forward, Feng was cited by Ming Pao Daily News as saying.

Hong Kong has experienced growing opposition to what some see as the mainland's political interference in the past three years, with tens of thousands taking to the streets in 2014 and violent demonstrations erupting last year, Bloomberg reported.