Chief Executive and Secretary for Security expresses sorrow over passing of Ambrose S K Lee


14th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee expressed deep sorrow today over the passing of Mr Ambrose S K Lee, former Secretary for Security. He extended his deepest condolences to Mr Ambrose S K Lee’s family.

Mr Ambrose S K Lee was appointed as the Director of Immigration in 1998 and Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 2002. He was appointed as the Secretary for Security in 2003, a post he held until 30th June, 2012.

 Mr Lee said, “Mr Ambrose S K Lee has been dedicated to serving the Hong Kong community over the years. During his tenure as the Secretary for Security, Mr Lee has made exemplary contributions in such areas as the maintenance of law and order, immigration service, customs control, as well as fire, correctional and government flying services. He commanded the respect and love of government colleagues and those in the community who had worked with him.

  “Mr Ambrose S K Lee continued his dedication to serving the public after leaving the Government in 2012. He has carried on with his contribution to the country and the Hong Kong community when he became a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) deputy to the 12th National People’s Congress between 2013 and 2018.

 “Mr Ambrose S K Lee was a senior officer whom I respected. I was deeply impressed by his dedication and commitment to serving the people of Hong Kong when I worked with him in various positions in the past.

 “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Ambrose S K Lee. On behalf of the Government of the HKSAR, I extend my deepest condolences to his family.

 “I will sorely miss Mr Ambrose S K Lee.”

Meanwhile, Secretary for Security, Tang Ping-keung, also expressed deep sorrow over the passing of former Secretary for Security, Mr Ambrose S K Lee, and extended his deepest condolences to Mr Lee’s family.

Mr Tang said, “Mr Lee was the Secretary for Security from 2003 to 2012 and assumed the important posts of Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption and Director of Immigration before that. He provided dedicated services to the Government and Hong Kong residents for more than 30 years, making tremendous contributions. He took charge of the work in relation to security for a long period of time and made exemplary efforts in the maintenance of law and order and in exercising effective and efficient immigration and customs control, earning the respect of people both inside and outside the Government. After Mr Lee had left the Government, he still cared about political matters and gave valuable views from time to time, bringing positive energy to society. The Security Bureau is deeply saddened over his passing and he will be remembered fondly.”

HKSAR Govt Press Release