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Rubber stamp no more: Lam’s welfare cuts a lesson for DAB lawmakers

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Only a little more than six months ago, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor gave herself a big hearty pat on the back for a job well done. In her self-assessment of the city’s governance in her first year in office, she said on July 1 that she was satisfied with, among other things, the improved relationship with the legislature.

By the look of things, any perceived improvement seems to have gone down the drain, along with her approval ratings, which, according to a recent public opinion survey, is linked to her sheltering the political freeloader on her team. However, we can’t blame everything on Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, since Lam did her share to poison the relationship.

It’s hard to imagine why Lam would expect that increasing the minimum age from 60 to 65 for elderly Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) payments would go without incident. But, by the look of things, Lam wasn’t feigning “shock” over the cross-political-spectrum opposition to the government’s plans to take from the elderly poor.

Lam recently claimed she had given her secretary........

© South China Morning Post