Hopeful rules out support

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 August, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 August, 1995, 12:00am

THE chairman of the pro-China Federation of Trade Unions, Cheng Yiu-tong, ruled out the possibility yesterday that he would support another candidate in the fight for the two labour seats in the Legislative Council.

The 210,000-strong federation is tipped to win one of the two labour seats, as it holds more than one-third of 1,179 votes representing 332 unions.

With four candidates running for two seats, the support of Mr Cheng and the federation will be vital in deciding who wins the second seat.

Asked if he would support another candidate at yesterday's RTHK election forum, Mr Cheng said: 'The voting right is with the voters, it is impossible to ask the voters to support another candidate as well as me.' Pro-Taiwan candidate Lee Kwok-keung said that none of the candidates had enough votes to win a seat and asked the federation for support, emphasising previous co-operation between the federation and his Hong Kong and Kowloon Trade Union Council on labour issues.

Mr Cheng denied that his refusal to lend support would undermine co-operation between unions.