Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam has donated the surplus from her campaign fund, as well as some furniture and appliances from her campaign office, to seven charitable organisations.

Lam revealed on Monday that she raised around HK$18.7 million for her election campaign. Auditing showed the expenses for her election campaign totalled around HK$12.6 million. The upper limit for election expenses is set at HK$15.7 million by law.

She donated most of the surplus of HK$6.1 million to six small-scale NGOs. The organisations, which are exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance, each received one million. Lam also gave HK$130,000 of the surplus funds, along with some furniture and electrical appliances, to the Salvation Army Hong Kong and Macau Command.

Carrie Lam appearing in a promotion video for Youth Outreach in April 2017. Photo: Youtube screenshot.

“These charitable organisations and their volunteers have been providing support and services to disadvantaged groups and the youth over the years. They are highly respectable and I fully support their work. I hope my donations can help to further enhance their services so that people in need can be better cared for,” she said in a statement.

The six include:

  • Youth Outreach, which works with at-risk youth;
  • Street Sleepers Action Committee Limited, which provides visits, meal deliveries and referral services to street sleepers;
  • Principal Chan Free Tutorial World Limited, which uses volunteer tutors to provide free one-to-one tutoring for children from underprivileged families;
  • Precious Blood Children’s Village, which provides emergency and temporary care for girls between three and 18 whose families cannot provide adequate care for them;
  • Hans Andersen Club Limited, which provides storytelling training and organises innovative parent-child activities for underprivileged families;
  • Breakthrough (Juvenile Development) Limited, founded by police officers in 1996, which provides sports and related services for at-risk youth to prevent juvenile delinquency.
Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.

Lam was the Director of the Social Welfare Department between 2000 and 2003. During this period, she was criticised for pushing forward the Lump Sum Grant scheme for government-subsidised NGOs, which led to salary cuts and understaffing in the social welfare sector.

Lam was chosen as the next chief executive on March 26 by 777 votes from a 1,194-member election committee largely controlled by Beijing.

Tuesday is the statutory deadline for the submission of the election return form for the three candidates – Lam, John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing.

Lam’s office said she submitted the required Return and Declaration of Election Expenses and Election Donations to the Registration and Electoral Office on Monday, in accordance with section 37 of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance.

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.