Maria Tam

Maria Tam Wai-chu GBM GBS CBE JP (Chinese: 譚惠珠; born 2 November 1945) is a senior Hong Kong politician and lawyer. She is a member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) since 1997 and the chairman of the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) since 2015.


Maria Tam

譚惠珠
Convenor of National People's Congress Hong Kong delegation
In office
March 2013  3 March 2018
Preceded byYuen Mo
Succeeded byMa Fung-kwok
Unofficial Member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong
In office
1 September 1983  31 October 1991
Appointed bySir Edward Youde
Sir David Wilson
Preceded byHenry Fang
Succeeded bySelina Chow
Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
In office
1 September 1981  22 August 1991
Appointed bySir Murray MacLehose
Sir Edward Youde
Sir David Wilson
In office
21 December 1996  27 June 1997
(Provisional Legislative Council)
Personal details
Born
Tam Wai-chu

(1945-11-02) 2 November 1945 (age 75)
Hong Kong
Political partyProgressive Hong Kong Society (1985–90)
Liberal Democratic Federation of Hong Kong (1990–97)
Hong Kong Progressive Alliance (1997–2005)
Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (2005–15)
EducationSt. Paul's Co-educational College
Alma materUniversity of London (LLB)
Gray's Inn
OccupationBarrister
Maria Tam
Traditional Chinese譚惠珠
Simplified Chinese谭惠珠

As a successful politician early on, Tam was a member of the four different levels of representative councils, Executive Council, Legislative Council, Urban Council and Central and Western District Board in colonial Hong Kong in the 1980s. She was also a member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee and took up various appointments from the Beijing government after she departed from the colonial government over the conflict of interest scandal in 1991.

Since 1997, she has become one of the most recognisable spokesmen and "most loyal mouthpieces" for the Beijing authorities on constitutional matters such as the interpretations of the Basic Law and constitutional reforms, in which she has always firmly stood and defended Beijing's controversial decisions.