Transcript of SDEV's remarks

Following is the transcript of remarks by the Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, at a media session after the award presentation ceremony of the English Public Speaking Contest 2011 today (April 9):

Reporter: Could you speak about Mrs Rita Lau?

Secretary for Development: Rita and I are very close colleagues. We have been in the service together for 30 years. I certainly feel that it is a great pity for this Government and for the public to have lost Rita’s continued service as a principal official. But both as a friend and as a colleague, I fully respect her decision and I actually would support her decision because nothing comes before personal health, and also the family. I wish her a great recovery and I long to take her to lunch in the not too distant future. Thank you very much.

(Please also refer to the Chinese portion of the transcript.)

Ends/Saturday, April 9, 2011
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