Translator: Qiwang Mingtian Hui Genghao; Reviewer: Wencheng
U.S. Implements Hong Kong Act Sanctions Against 11 Senior Chinese and Hong Kong Officials, Including Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
In a recent interview with the Hong Kong International Business Channel (HKIBC), Carrie Lam said: Due to U.S. sanctions, her bank account was suspended. Now she is receiving cash for her salary from the HK government, and she addressed that “there is a pile of cash at home.” As soon as this news exploded, it caused a heated discussion among Hong Kong people.
According to comprehensive media reports, Carrie Lam’s annual salary is HK$ 5.21 million (around US$ 670,000), and her average monthly salary is HK$ 430,000 (around US$ 55,000). Her salary ranks one of the highest among political leaders in the world.
When she was interviewed, she said that because she did not have a bank account, the paycheck she has every month is all paid in cash, and there were piles of money at home.
The news exposed, Carrie Lam’s cash piling up at her home has infuriated Hong Kong’s people, who left a message on her Facebook: “I hope to fight for a paycheck in cash for everyone.
The Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims (ARI), which helps grass-roots workers fight for their rights, also posted a message on her Facebook page saying, “I was shocked, and then I got a little worried,” and using photos of Carrie Lam and her interview dialogues, said, “I have a lot of money in cash.
If workers are paid by cash, it is best to deposit them first in a bank, keep records, otherwise once a work injury occurs, there is no record, it is easy to have paycheck disputes and affect compensation arrangements.