Liberal chief stuns pro-democracy rivals with pledge on mainland permits

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 May, 1998, 12:00am

Allen Lee Peng-fei is clearly aware of the need to boost support after his convalescence from Hepatitis B.

After appearing at a New Territories East forum, the Liberal Party chief pledged to help rivals Emily Lau Wai-hing and Andrew Cheng Kar-foo obtain mainland home entry permits.

But his 'initiative' was a surprise to the pair, who want to know how the National People's Congress deputy can persuade Beijing to open the doors to pro-democracy activists.

Democratic Party leader Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday lifted the lid on a conversation he had with a senior police officer.

The exchange was over the outcry against the use of music by Beethoven to drown out protesters against former premier Li Peng during his handover visit.

The chat went like this: Mr Lee: 'It's hardly convincing when you say the music served to relax the officers.' Officer: 'Admittedly, the purpose is to prevent Li Peng from hearing the 'Down with Li Peng' slogans. The move stirred up controversies and we know we were wrong. We should have played the music near Li Peng instead of the protesters. We know what to do next time.' Provisional legislator Eric Li Ka-cheung, facing a three-horse race in the Accountancy functional poll, is offering 'bits and bytes' to his electorate by extending his campaign to the cyberworld.

In his latest campaign booklet, Mr Li pledges he will respond to any queries from cyber-surfers through the Internet within two days.

Sunday is no day of rest for candidates but this failed to prevent Urban Council constituency hopeful Ambrose Cheung Wing-sum from enjoying Aaron Kwok's concert at the Hong Kong Stadium.

The stadium board of governors' chairman was seen in a box at the venue with his children, savouring ice-cream amid the strains of Cantopop.