Carrie Lam seeks reconnection, releases new website

The CE-elect hints at her second try to “make good use of social media”.


Carrie Lam launched her Chief Executive-elect website today (2 May), more than a month since she closed down her Facebook page after clinching victory with 777 votes.

The page design and contents are similar to that of her election campaign website, with her manifesto, speeches and press releases available in both traditional and simplified Chinese as well as in English.

“I pledge that I will do my utmost to attain unity in society and connect with people from all walks of life to develop our economy, improve people’s livelihood, promote a more democratic society and safeguard Hong Kong’s core values through “caring”, “listening” and “acting”,” Lam wrote in her welcome message. “By this, we will together build a better Hong Kong.”

Despite having “We Connect” as her election slogan, Lam and her team has been constantly under fire for her public relations blunders. More recently, Regina Ip has joined the bandwagon by claiming that Sandra Mak’s 69-day service as Lam’s PR strategist was unworthy of the HK$320,000 she received.

Lam said she will “make good use of social media” to maintain contact and communication with the public. However, it was not clear whether that would mean reopening her Facebook page after a disappointing manoeuvre particularly in comparison to that of John Tsang, her arch rival in the CE election. The online campaign costed her another HK$300,000 for maintenance despite being filled with “angry” emojis since Day 1.

Alex Fok

Alex Fok

Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong’s daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society’s magazine – PASSTIMES.
Alex Fok