Press Release



Chief Executive's statement


Following is a statement by the Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, today (June 1):

I was saddened to hear of the death of Lord MacLehose of Beoch. On behalf of the HKSAR Government and the people of Hong Kong, I offer my condolences to Lady MacLehose and her family.

Lord MacLehose was Governor of Hong Kong from 1971 to 1982, the longest serving British Governor in Hong Kong's history.

He initiated a wide range of major policies, including the implementation of a comprehensive public housing and new towns programme, the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the construction of Mass Transit Railway, the provision of free basic education, and the opening up of the countryside for recreational use by the community. They remain as a tribute to his vision and energy.

Lord MacLehose had sustained his concern and support for Hong Kong since leaving the territory. His death means Hong Kong has lost a good friend.

End/Thursday, June 1, 2000