SCMP Saturday, April 28, 2001


Chapter closes, but enigmatic Anson keeps options open

On her last full day in office, Anson Chan Fang On-sang again stopped short of ruling herself out of next year's chief executive race.
The outgoing Chief Secretary for Administration, who will retire from 38 years in the civil service after a half-day today, would only say her "public life has closed a chapter" when asked whether she would run if there were strong demand from the public.
She also refused to say whether she would back Tung Chee-hwa for a second term, saying he had yet to make a decision on whether to stand.
Mrs Chan said she had no plans to publish any memoirs on her career. She said her immediate plan was to travel, and she was particularly looking forward to paying her first private visit to Taiwan.
Yesterday was hectic for Mrs Chan. At a farewell party at Government House, Mr Tung praised her for her support and dedication over the past four years despite the difficult moments. "With your bright dimpled smile, wise counsel and advice, Anson, we have pulled through, and Hong Kong is now set firmly on course to recovery," Mr Tung said.