THE independent candidate for Kowloon Southwest, Helen Chung Yee-fong, says she is the best choice for the future chief executive of the Special Administrative Region because her experience as the mother of a handicapped child puts her in a better position to reflect grassroots sentiment. Even the Chief Secretary's government experience was no match for the Hong Kong-born lawyer, who had also worked as a government nurse and a personnel officer. Ms Chung claimed to understand Sino-British relations because of her 'trans-national' upbringing, having studied in China, Hong Kong and Britain. With her success in putting her disabled son through university to study law, she needed no public office to prove her commitment to society. Ms Chung's first attempt to win a seat in Yau Tsim Mong, in 1991, was motivated by her feeling that society was uncaring towards the handicapped. A year before, she had been incensed when the territory's only special needs examination centre refused to stop noise disturbing her son taking his certificate examinations. The former member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong was fired from the party after she continued to bid for the Urban Council seat in 1991 without their backing and lost. MOST candidates believe political stars such as Martin Lee Chu-ming, Lau Chin-shek or Lee Cheuk-yan will help in wooing voters. But the magic formula seemed to work the other way for independent unionist Leung Yiu-chung when he was campaigning with Lee Cheuk-yan in the industrial areas. Contesting the Textile and Garment functional constituency, Mr Leung had on several occasions invited Mr Lee to greet factory workers in the streets. 'Most of my electors, garment or textile workers, recognised Mr Lee and pledged to support him in the election,' Mr Leung said. 'But when Mr Lee told them that they could not vote for him as he was in another constituency and they should support me instead,' he said, 'many of them were not convinced and insisted on voting for Mr Lee.' Mr Leung said he did not know how many would try to vote for Mr Lee on polling day. 'I am a bit worried about their response when they find Mr Lee's name is not on the ballot paper,'' he added. 'They may simply put a blank vote in the ballot box.'