Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam has said it was unlikely that more than half of her administration will be female.

Lam, who will be the first female chief executive, said she was still meeting people who she wants to invite into the administration.

“I would not expect anyone to make a promise in the first meeting,” she said. “I will explain to them my policy views, my manifesto, and my expectation of certain principal officials.”

Carrie Lam. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

“In the current political climate, joining the political team really requires a bit of courage.”

Lam said she will try hard to appeal to females who she feels would be suitable to join the government.

“But there is a difficulty, as society expects that they will have either served in the current government or in public positions – there are not a lot of people like this.”

Lam visited incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for the second time on Thursday after she won the election on Sunday.

Lam said they agreed to meet more frequently to discuss the transition between the administrations, including the 20th anniversary of the handover.

Leung Chun-ying and Carrie Lam. File Photo: GovHK.

She said the government created some tough measures in the past to manage the demand for housing. She said they made some achievements, but they can hardly turn the tide of rising property prices.

She said her job after she takes office will be to increase supply, and that land and housing policy would be an important part of her work.

Lam has made the required declaration that she is not a member of any political party and would not join any party during her term.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.