SERVING Urban Council member Wong Kwok-tung and non-ethnic Chinese candidate Gary Ahuja come face to face again in the fight for the Yau Tsim municipal council seat. The two squared up against each other in the 1989 election, with Mr Wong defeating Indian-born Mr Ahuja, by more than 1,000 votes. Mr Wong is confident of winning again, while Mr Ahuja rates his chances at 50 per cent. 'They did not know me last time. It is different now after I have served the district for so many years,' Mr Ahuja said. He has been a district board member since 1988. He secured more than 1,000 votes in last September's poll - three times more than his closest opposition - suggesting that his supporting base is growing. Mr Ahuja is again stressing his independent stance, saying he has no political ambition and wants only to serve the community. The 51-year-old businessman said that in becoming an Urban Council member he could help Yau Tsim residents with hygiene issues and noise pollution problems, and push for a crackdown on crime in public recreation areas. Mr Ahuja distributes leaflets in Chinese to attract potential voters, while Mr Wong also hands out English-language leaflets. Mr Wong said the result of the March 5 poll would be an important indicator of support in the district for his group. Mr Wong, 45, chief secretary of the Association of Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL), is one of nine party candidates for next month's elections. Hamstrung with limited resources, the ADPL is approaching the campaign cautiously, targeting specific seats. Mr Wong said: 'In the Yau Tsim Mong constituency, no political parties have yet built up a solid base. It is a target of the ADPL.' After the death late last year of the ADPL's Chiu Kum-hoi, a newly elected Yau Ma Tei District Board member, the association immediately fielded another candidate, Ng Po-shan, for the by-election. Mr Wong, a Law Society member, said he would not invest as much effort lobbying kai fong groups as he had done in the past. 'I will be bound by making too many promises to the kai fong influential groups, such as those in the fruit or fish markets. 'And I will not be able to do whatever I want to serve the community,' he said. Mr Wong said that with growing public awareness about democracy, he would further push the cause by waving the liberal group's flag. Others contesting the Yau Tsim seat are independent Helen Chung Yee-fong, 45; Li King-wah, 47, and Foo Pui-man, 42. Ms Chung, ironically, nominated Mr Ahuja for the poll, not knowing at the time that she would choose to stand against him. She is a former member of the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong. Mr Foo is a practising barrister who does not rule out standing in September's Legco elections. He admitted having political ambitions: 'I will not rule out the possibility of standing for Legco because I want to serve the community.' Mr Li is an engineering manager and an elected district board member. Those standing in the Mongkok district are Democratic Party member Ng Wing-fai, 34; independent Chan Man-yu, 33; Law Wing-cheung, 35, and Chan Kwok-ming, 47.