Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying said last night he would consider requests from pro-establishment lawmakers to freeze the salaries of his team of political appointees. The calls came as he hosted what was dubbed a 'reconciliation dinner' with the Beijing-loyalist camp, held at the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Central, in return for a dinner lawmakers gave him last month. Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and lawmakers from the Professional Forum urged Leung to think twice about adopting a proposal put forward by the current government to raise ministers' salaries 8.1 per cent on 2002 levels. Ip, who is a former security minister, said: 'It is an honour to serve as a top official. It should not be measured only in monetary terms.' 'The suggestion is very good. I'll seriously consider the idea,' said Leung, who picked up the bill of HK$11,332 for last night's dinner. Of the 36 Beijing-loyalist lawmakers on the guest list, 26 attended the dinner, five more than last time. The guests also included Liberal Party chairwoman Miriam Lau Kin-yee, who cast a blank vote in the chief executive election in March, and allies of defeated candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, including Lam Tai-fai of the industrial (second) sector. Lau was absent from last month's dinner and was photographed dining at a fast food restaurant instead. Among the absentees were Chim Pui-chung of the financial services sector and Paul Tse Wai-chun of the tourism sector. The government proposed two weeks ago to raise ministerial pay to HK$322,260 a month when Leung takes over on July 1. The plan requires approval from the Legislative Council's Finance Committee. Tam said he would find it 'politically improper' for Leung's administration to grant pay raises to his new cabinet once he had assumed office. On the government's plan to pay undersecretaries HK$225,582 a month, or 70 per cent of the bureau chiefs' salary, Tam called on Leung to balance different opinions. Ip proposed pegging undersecretaries' wages at 50 to 70 per cent of ministerial pay. 'Despite a vibrant economy, income disparity is widening, the ranks of the poor are growing, and poverty and housing problems remain serious. It is shameful,' she said. Lau also opposed giving principal officials pay rises once they took office. 'It should be given only when they show good performance. It would be better to review the political appointees' salaries on the whole, to see if they deserve the current pay.' Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin, who was absent from the meal because of another appointment, earlier said the pay of principal officials should be restored to the levels before they took a voluntary cut of 5.38 per cent in 2009. Tam said Leung would arrange another dinner with pro-government lawmakers before July 11.