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Will lawmakers burnt by Carrie Lam give Teresa Cheng a good grilling?

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13.01.2019

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor may have been “shocked” by lawmakers’ criticism from across the political spectrum over the move to increase the age limit for elderly welfare payments from 60 to 65, since the plan was approved last May as part of the Appropriation Bill. But the pro-establishment lawmakers may have been more shocked; they were the chief executive’s allies, with 39 out of the 43 votes in support of the bill coming from their camp, and she basically sold them out.

But most shocking about the chief executive’s question-and-answer session last week at the Legislative Council may be Lam’s resurrected “hot kitchen” talk. This familiar phrase came in her response to James To Kun-sun’s question about the reputation of her administration being affected by her secretary for justice, who refused to seek external legal opinion before dropping the investigation into former chief executive Leung Chun-ying over a HK$50 million (US$6.38 million) payment.

In defence of – again – Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, the chief executive said Cheng had not been in the “hot kitchen” long........

© South China Morning Post