Passport for Tung 'ready on July 3'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 June, 1997, 12:00am

Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa and some provisional legislature members could be among the first batch of Special Administrative Region passport holders.

They are expected to be able to obtain their passports on July 3 after the two post-handover public holidays.

The passport allows holders to travel visa-free to 18 countries including Singapore, Britain and Canada.

Mr Tung was issued a diplomatic passport by China after he was chosen as Chief Executive-designate.

Sources said other applicants included the Chief Justice-designate of the Court of Final Appeal, Andrew Li Kwok-nang.

'Mr Li is set to be among those who would be given priority treatment . . . as he has already forfeited his British passport,' said a source.

Other likely applicants include post-handover executive councillors Nellie Fong Wong Kut-man, Charles Li Yeh-kwong, Yang Ti Liang and Henry Tang Ying-yen.

Last night, an aide confirmed Mr Tang had submitted his application.