Li not just thinking of number 1

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 March, 1993, 12:00am

THE Police Commissioner, Mr Li Kwan-ha, said there was no pressing financial need for him to auction his number ''1'' licence plate.

There has been increasing pressure on Mr Li to follow the example of the Financial Secretary, Mr Hamish Macleod, by putting his numberplate up for auction.

Mr Macleod's number ''2'' plate reaped a record $9.5 million last month for the public coffers.

''The question of whether or not to sell car plate number 1 has been considered since the mid-70s by many of my predecessors and myself, and this is periodically reviewed,'' Mr Li said.

''There is no pressing financial reason to do so, and I will consider it periodically when it's appropriate,'' he added.

But United Democrat Mr Martin Lee Chu-ming hinted that Mr Li might not be worthy of the plate.

''If anyone is talking about number one, I would have thought [it was] the Governor or the Chief Secretary,'' Mr Lee said.

''I really urge you on behalf of the people of Hongkong to give up that number,'' he said.