Top adviser to China Henry Fok Ying-tung said yesterday Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang was an appropriate candidate for chief executive. 'There are many suitable candidates in Hong Kong,' he said. 'Mrs Chan has been the Acting Governor and she knows how the Government runs. People don't think she is bad.' Mr Fok, a vice-chairman of the Preparatory Committee, raised Mrs Chan's name yesterday, but he also repeated his earlier remarks that former executive councillor Tung Chee-hwa was an appropriate candidate. In the past, Mr Fok has openly recommended Mr Tung for the post, saying Mr Tung had integrity and ability. Yesterday, Mr Fok denied reports he had been asked to contest the post himself. 'They are just kidding. Such jobs should be left to young people,' said Mr Fok, 73. Another Preparatory Committee member, Nicky Chan Nai-keong, said he believed Mrs Chan could not become chief executive. 'She not only supports Governor Chris Patten's political reforms, but also opposes the provisional legislature,' Mr Chan said. 'How can China accept her as the chief executive?'