Former security chief Ambrose Lee died in sleep

Former Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong, 73, was reported dying in his sleep today morning.

Lee served as Secretary for Security from August 2003 to 2012, succeeding Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, the current Convenor of the Executive Council. Lee served in the government for 38 years in total.

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Ambrose Lee and extended his deepest condolences to Lee’s family.

"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,” Lee said, “On behalf of the Government of the HKSAR, I extend my deepest condolences to his family.”

Regina Ip expressed her astonishment to learn about Lee’s passing away. “Some former colleagues celebrated Lee’s birthday a few days ago, he seems as usual.”

Another former security chief, Lee’s successor Lai Tung-kwok described Lee as “respectful and warm-hearted”, claiming he will help Lee’s family with every effort.

Lee joined Immigration Department in 1974 as Immigration Officer, following up as Assistant Director of Immigration in 1995, Deputy Director in 1997, and Director of Immigration in October 1998.

He was appointed as Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption by the former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa in July 2002, making him the first Commissioner that comes from the disciplined services.