A controversy over whether local Christian groups should organise celebrations for Chinese National Day this year flared up last night. At a meeting on handover issues by seven Christian groups, church members hit out at the decision by a group of 47 Christians who advocated celebrations on October 1. Many asked why the Christian community should initiate a celebration this year when they had not done so for the past four decades. Branding the group sycophants, many church members accused them of kowtowing to China. Some members accused them of trying to force their decision upon 300,000 Christians in the territory. One could not help fighting back his tears when he related the June 4 killings. 'I would not recognise communist China as my country,' he said. Of the group favouring celebrations, only Raymond Fung Wai-man and Gideon Yung Wai-yip attended the consultation exercise. Mr Fung, of the Baptist Church, said they just wanted to organise an alternative celebration for Chinese National Day not in the Xinhua-style. Mr Yung, of the Fellowship of Evangelical Students, said: 'It's time to refine Chinese National Day. It's worth celebrating that China has had people like [dissidents] Wang Dan and Wei Jingsheng.' Separately, some members questioned the Hong Kong Christian Council's decision to join the Selection Committee.