第五屆行政長官選舉於上週日舉行。林鄭月娥以777張選委票擊敗取得365票的曾俊華以及21票的胡國興,成功當選成為下任行政長官。她競選時的承諾、願景和計劃,究竟有多少能被實踐,又有多少會被重重的困難淹沒?

面對社會上的分歧,林鄭月娥於當選感言中提到她首要的工作是要「修補撕裂,團結大家」,並且透過多聆聽社會上不同聲音和政績來贏取反對聲音的認同。對於被質疑當選後需要向支持她的團體和商家「還債」,林鄭月娥在三月十四日的選舉論壇上則表明自己在選舉中沒有「欠任何人任何東西」,承諾會以香港市民的最大利益施政。她在政綱中也特別提到針對青年人的前景提出「三業三政」(學業、事業及置業,議政、論政及參政),應許年輕一代更多發揮的空間和投身事業的機會。而在商業電台的專訪中,林鄭月娥指會學習「多聆聽,多溝通」,以至肯定年青人的想法和建議。

面對著已糾結多年的「深層次矛盾」,林鄭月娥在選舉期間的信心和承諾得到多個建制派主導的界別的認同時,卻也招來不少的懷疑。林鄭月娥在選舉前民意支持跌破三成低位,中大政治與行政學系副教授馬嶽指,林鄭月娥是首個以較低民望的狀況下當選的候任行政長官,相信這對她日後施政有相當大的困擾。自回歸以來,歷任的三屆特首也無法化解《基本法》二十三條的立法問題,達致普選的路仿似遙遙無期,許多土地、房屋、教育、福利等民生問題仍有待解決。身附三十六年公共行政經驗的林鄭月娥及其團隊,究竟會被難題擊沉,還是能透過實踐承諾而取得香港人的芳心?

現時的香港社會被不少論者評為自回歸以來撕裂最嚴重的日子。梁振英五年前的「齊心」無法修補社群和政見之間的裂痕,十年前說要「做好呢份工」的曾蔭權更因公職人員行為失當罪罪成而被判入獄。若能遇到一位真正以香港人利益為先、以真心聆聽意見、有能力化解矛盾的特首將會是香港人的最大福氣。林鄭月娥的「同行」,又是否真的可以帶動香港人走上一條團結的路?讓大家一起來拭目以待。

The fifth Chief Executive election was held last Sunday. Carrie Lam defeated John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing, the other two candidates, with a vote count of 777, significant higher than Tsang’s 365 and Woo’s 21. She will be appointed as the next Chief Executive. Will she confidently implement the promises, vision and plans she had for us during the election campaign, or will she be daunted by the difficulties ahead of her?

Faced with the current discord in society, Lam said in her victory speech that her first goal is to “heal the society, unite the people”. She will do so by listening to different stakeholders and winning approval with her action.

When asked how to return the favour her supporting organisations and the business sector did for her, Lam said in an election forum on March 14th that she did not "owe anything to anyone”. She promised to administer with the interest of the Hong Kong people in mind.

In her manifesto, to encourage the new generation to realise their potential and develop their careers, she proposed her four directions of youth policy—education, career, housing, political involvement. Lam also mentioned that she will learn to “listen more, communicate more” with the youth in an interview with the Commercial Radio.

In light of the “deep-rooted conflicts” in Hong Kong, Lam’s ability to administer is doubted despite her confidence and the support she has from pro-establishment stakeholders. Lam’s approval rate pre-election was lower than 30%. Ma Ngok, a Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration in The Chinese University of Hong Kong points out that Lam is the first Chief Executive elected with such low popularity. This will undoubtedly complicate her administration. Since the handover, the past three Chief Executives resolved neither the issue of the legislation of Basic Law Article 23, nor that of universal suffrage. Many of the social problems such as land supply, housing, education and welfare await. Will Lam, who has 36 years of experience in public administration, and her team give in to the adversities, or win the favour of the people by fulfilling her promises?

A lot of commentators have said that Hong Kong has never been torn by so much disagreement since the handover. CY Leung’s campaign slogan “With Hearts as One” five years ago failed to unite different parties and political opinions. Donald Tsang who promised he will “Do the Job” ten years ago was sentenced to imprisonment due to misconduct in public office. It would be Hong Kong people’s greatest fortune if we can have a Chief Executive who always has the people’s interest in mind, listens to the people and has the ability to resolve conflicts. Can Carrie Lam’s “We Connect” connect Hong Kong people and guide us in one direction? We will have to wait and see.

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