'Dr Toilet' set for election test

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 October, 1994, 12:00am

URBAN Council chairman Dr Ronald Leung Ding-bong has chosen Kowloon Tong as the testing ground for elected office.

Although Dr Leung - nicknamed 'Dr Toilet' due to his high-profile interest in improving public lavatories - insisted he had yet to decide if and where to run in March's municipal polls, placards promoting him have already appeared in the constituency.

But he may face a stiff challenge from Mervyn Cheung Man-ping, who narrowly lost the Kowloon Tong seat in last month's district board polls.

'If I run against Dr Leung, he would definitely have no chance of success,' Mr Cheung said.

However, Dr Leung felt his work on the Urban Council would stand him in good stead. 'I think I have done a very good job and am actively considering running in the poll next year,' he said.

The Urban Council chairman believes he still has a 'good image' despite the recent row over noise levels at Hong Kong Stadium.

First appointed to the Urban Council in 1984, Dr Leung has never stood for election, but must do so next March if he wants to remain on the municipal body as all appointed seats will be abolished as part of Governor Chris Patten's political reforms.

However, Mr Cheung said Dr Leung would do better to choose another constituency.

'There isn't any problem with public toilet facilities in Kowloon Tong. Older districts, such as Shamshuipo, would be better for Dr Leung,' Mr Cheung said.