Stephen Lam

Stephen Lam Sui-lung GBM GBS OBE (Cantonese pronunciation: [lɐ̏m sɵ̀y.lɵ̏n]; born 24 November 1955) was the Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs.

Stephen Lam Sui-lung

Stephen Lam Sui-lung 2010.jpg
Stephen Lam in 2010
Chief Secretary for Administration
In office
30 September 2011 – 30 June 2012
Chief ExecutiveDonald Tsang
Preceded byHenry Tang
Succeeded byCarrie Lam
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
In office
1 July 2002 – 30 September 2011
Chief ExecutiveTung Chee Hwa
Donald Tsang
Preceded byMichael Suen (as Secretary for Constitutional Affairs)
Succeeded byRaymond Tam
Personal details
Born (1955-11-24) 24 November 1955 (age 64)
Hong Kong
NationalityChinese, Hong Kong
Florence Ip Mo-fee
m. 1979)
Alma materUniversity of Hong Kong (BSS)
University of London (LLB)
University of Oxford (PGDip)
Stephen Lam Sui-lung
Cantonese YaleLàhm Seuih-lèuhn

Lam was born in Hong Kong attended Wah Yan College. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1978 and then began his public service career. During his early years in the civil service he attended the University of London Law School, from which he graduated in 1983.


Lam joined the Hong Kong government administrative service in October 1978. He held senior positions as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Secretary from 1989 to 1991. He was the Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs from 1994 to 1996. He was the director of the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony Co-ordination Office from 1996 to 1997.[3] In this role he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1997.[4]

After the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China, he was the Director of Administration and Development in the Hong Kong Department of Justice. From July 2002 to September 2011 he was Secretary for Constitutional Affairs. Lam then replaced Henry Tang as the Chief Secretary for Administration, with nine months of the term remaining, due to Tang's resignation from the post in advance of his expected trot to the Chief Executiveship.[3] Lam has enjoyed the lowest popularity ratings among the three key secretaries – chief secretary, finance secretary and justice secretary – and in May 2012 scored 37.3 points out of 100.[5]

On 5 and 6 June 2009, Lam met with Fu Don-cheng (傅棟成), Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council deputy minister.[6] The meeting took place in Taipei to improve cooperation between Hong Kong and Taiwan trade.[7] He also met with Lai Shin-yuan, the Chairwoman of the MAC.

Lam decided to leave politics upon the expiry of his term of office on 30 June 2012; [5] He became the official with lowest opinion poll since HK SAR Government was established in 1997. He then studied theology at the Oxford University from September and graduated after a year.


In July 2007 during a Legislative Council meeting, Lam was criticized by the pan-democrats for pocketing millions of dollars in government salary, while making no progress in constitutional development. Lam was dubbed "Eunuch Lam"(林公公).[8] In 2011, his alleged "manipulation" of political development – in particular, the so-called "replacement mechanism" for filling vacancies in the Legislative Council caused by resignations, led to objections to his promotion to Chief Secretary, including a protest march of more than a thousand people, led by the Civil Human Rights Front.[9]


  1. ^ "林瑞麟出賣初戀情人". Apple Daily (Hong Kong) (in Chinese). 28 June 2002. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. ^ "林瑞麟賣赤柱豪宅賺3,300萬". Apple Daily (Hong Kong) (in Chinese). 16 April 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Mr Stephen Lam Sui-lung." Retrieved on 17 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Supplement to Issue 54794", London Gazette, 13 June 1997, p.25.
  5. ^ a b Phila Siu, (7 May 2012). "Duty calls" Archived 8 January 2013 at The Standard, page 1.
  6. ^ The Standard HK. "The Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Lam seals accord for closer ties with Taiwan. Retrieved on 17 June 2009.
  7. ^ ""Stephen Lam to visit Taipei"[permanent dead link]. Retrieved on 17 June 2009.
  8. ^ "" OFFICIAL RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS. Wednesday, 11 July 2007. Retrieved on 17 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Protests demand Stephen Lam resign", RTHK News, 10 Oct 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Suen
Secretary for Constitutional Affairs
Succeeded by
as Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
Preceded by
as Secretary for Constitutional Affairs
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs
Succeeded by
Raymond Tam
Preceded by
Henry Tang
Chief Secretary for Administration
Succeeded by
Carrie Lam
Government offices
New office Information Coordinator of Chief Executive Office
Title next held by
Andy Ho
Order of precedence
Allan Zeman
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Wong Yan-lung
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal