Chief Executive Carrie Lam has published her annual Lunar New Year greeting to Hongkongers, wishing citizens good luck, health and happiness for the Year of the Pig.

Unlike last year, Lam’s husband Lam Siu-por did not appear in the clip. The setting also switched from the government offices to stores around Sheung Wan.

The minute-long video appeared on Lam’s Facebook page at noon on Monday, ahead of the public holiday.

Lam said Lunar New Year is the festival that Chinese people attach importance to, as families gather together.

She appeared in traditional clothing and appeared in a seafood store as well as a flower store in Sheung Wan. However, not all were impressed with Lam’s festive message.

“What the hell is Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam doing focusing on #shark fin at ? Doesn’t she know that this is AGAINST government policy?!!” wrote campaigner Alex Hofford from NGO WildAid on Twitter.

Carrie Lam. Photo: Screenshot.

The clip showed residents asking for photos with Lam as she shook their hands.

“I use this opportunity to wish residents a good new year,” she said. “I wish you good luck, health and happiness for your families.”

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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.