Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s younger son after he reportedly told his flatmate he needed to leave the US and return to Hong Kong due to a “family emergency”.
Joshua Lam is currently doing a PhD in Mathematics at Harvard University, and all eyes are on whether he will be affected by sanctions that Washington has imposed on his mother, Carrie Lam, for allegedly undermining the SAR’s autonomy.
Reporters from FactWire News Agency tried to reach out to Lam in Boston, but was told by his landlord that he had been missing since July 25, and had left a Facebook message to his flatmate two days later saying he had to return to Hong Kong due to a “family emergency”.
The landlord also got an email from Lam on July 27 agreeing to renew his lease for another year. However, he did not respond to any subsequent emails, nor did he sign the lease attached to them.
The landlord also told FactWire that she had tried phoning Lam, but the call was restricted by US wireless carrier Verizon.
According to information posted online, there can be several reasons for Verizon to restrict calls, including the failure to pay a phone bill.
FactWire said it had contacted the CE's office on whether the younger Lam is currently in Hong Kong, but no response had been received so far.
Carrie Lam had earlier told the media that she would laugh off any penalties from the US, adding that sanctions would have no effect on her as she has no assets in the country.
On Saturday, the CE said on her Facebook page that since she does not intend to visit the US, she may cancel a current visitor visa she holds, which is due to expire in 2026.