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Lam sees differences in resignation rows

Local | Phoenix Un Feb 14, 2018
The case of former Communications Authority chairman Albert Wong Kwai-huen was different to that of Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday. Wong, who announced his resignation on Monday because he did not declare possessing shares of China Mobile, said he must observe regulations.

However, Cheng, who had been in trouble due to illegal structures being found at her luxury house in Tuen Mun, explained to the public that she was too busy to notice the unauthorized structures and refused to resign. Lam said she accepted Wong's resignation and explanation, but found the case to be different to that of Cheng's.

"His case was not quite the same as the secretary for justice, and I believe there shouldn't be that many unnecessary associations. The case of the secretary for justice has been handled in various ways, and she has got into shape to handle the work she is responsible for," Lam said.

Legislator Lam Cheuk-ting agreed that the two cases were different, but Cheng's problem in integrity was much more serious than that of Wong.

Meanwhile, research by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Program showed that Cheng has the lowest approval rating for the secretary for justice position.

The program interviewed 1,001 Hong Kong people between February 1 and 6, and found Cheng's support rating stands at 34.1 points.

However, the popularity figures of Carrie Lam have not changed much in two weeks. Her latest rating is at 53.6 points, compared with 54.4 points last time.



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