QCs join '97 body race
Two Queen's Counsel yesterday rushed through the formalities to file applications for the Selection Committee.
The Bar Association said former High Court deputy judge Alan Hoo and barrister Andrew Liao were among eight members who had asked the association to verify their membership for nominations to the committee.
The others were barristers Peter Chan Chi-kwan, Albert Yau Kai-cheong, Kwong Chi-kin, Arthur Sheung and Paul Tong Hin-sum, plus one who wanted to remain anonymous.
The association's chairman, Gladys Li Chi-hei QC, issued a covering letter to the applicants to be sent to the Preparatory Committee secretariat.
'The association is only willing to verify that those members who seek to join the Selection Committee fall under the sector of 'the professionals',' the covering letter said.
'This does not mean that the association recognises the election of the provisional legislature should be one of the duties that the Selection Committee should fulfil.
'The association has never accepted any nominations for the Selection Committee. Those members who submitted the nomination forms were not candidates nominated by the association.' The Law Society said about 20 members had asked the society to verify their professional qualifications for nominations to the Selection Committee.
They included chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance of Chinese and Expatriates, Guy Lam Kwok-hung.