HEUNG YEE KUK vice-chairman Liu Ching-leung said it was unlikely that he would co-operate with the rural body's chairman Lau Wang-fat and fellow vice-chairman Brian Lam Wai-keung in next month's internal elections of the kuk. Mr Liu's remarks came after the three men gave their accounts during an open kuk meeting on why the rural force was split in the Regional Council's internal elections last month. The two fellow Heung Yee Kuk vice-chairmen competed against each other for the Regco's chairmanship, and Mr Lam defeated Mr Liu with the support of the rival Democratic Party and Mr Lau. Mr Lau and Mr Lam were then accused by some kuk members of forging an alliance with the Democratic Party. Mr Liu said yesterday that before the election he had reached an agreement with Mr Lam that he would run for the chairmanship of Regco, and Mr Lam would aim to be Regco's representative in the Legislative Council. He said Mr Lam never told him that he was running for chairman, and he accused Mr Lam of breaking his promise at the last minute because he was 'tempted' by the support of the Democratic Party. Mr Liu said kuk members should never co-operate with the Democratic Party. The party had long been at odds with the kuk over the land inheritance issue. 'The Democratic Party is our major enemy and those who don't fight against them all the way to the end should not be the kuk's members. 'It doesn't mean anything if you manage to get the chairmanship with the support of the Democratic Party,' he said. 'How you can come back and face the kuk's members after you do things like that?' However, Mr Lam said he decided to run only at the last minute because he was told by a Regco member he had the support of many councillors for the chairmanship. Mr Lam admitted that he had forged an alliance with the Democratic Party, and said he had decided to run because he was not given a full opportunity to represent the rural sector in the kuk. Mr Lau denied he had forged an alliance with the Democratic Party, and said he was not involved in co-ordinating the kuk's candidates for the Regco's internal elections. 'Of course Mr Lam is free to run for Regco's chairmanship and there is no way I can stop him,' he said. He added that he could not control the way other people voted. 'I can only control my own vote but not others.' Mr Lau said he still believed both Mr Lam and Mr Liu were good working partners. He wanted to join forces with the two next month as they sought re-election for the positions of chairman and vice-chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk. However, Mr Liu said he had not yet decided if he would co-operate with Mr Lau and Mr Lam, and he said the chances of doing so were pretty thin.