Support sounded out for Legco attempt

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 June, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 June, 1995, 12:00am

FORMER Law Society president Donald Yap is set to decide within days whether to stand for the legal functional constituency in September's Legislative Council polls.

Mr Yap, a Hong Kong affairs adviser and council member of the Law Society, said he had consulted many solicitors - from both big and small law firms - about his election plan and their response had been encouraging.

He said he had talked to incumbent Simon Ip Sik-on, but refused to discuss what Mr Ip had said.

Mr Yap insisted he did not know whether Mr Ip would seek re-election and said his final decision would not hinge on whether Mr Ip was running.

Mr Ip, who has been tight-lipped about his election plan, could not be reached for comment last night.

A spokesman for Mr Ip, John Unger, said: 'Simon welcomes healthy competition.' He said Mr Ip would make a decision soon.

Mr Yap disagreed that if he and Mr Ip stood they would be competing for votes among the conservative camp of the profession.

Another council member, Philip Li Wai-yip, announced his candidacy last month.

Mr Yap opposed the controversial Sino-British deal on the composition of the Court of Final Appeal's judges when he was society president in 1991. He recently changed his position and backed it.