Preparatory Committee member Frederick Fung Kin-kee will abstain from tomorrow's vote on the Selection Committee if it fails to adopt a declaration on criminal records or cut the number of seats for local delegates from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Mr Fung, a lone dissenting voice against the decision to set up the provisional legislature, said he would try to persuade other members to back him during discussions. He said he had given up hope on another two proposals, that Selection Committee members be elected by their corresponding sectors; and that a monitoring committee, appointed by the Preparatory Committee, be established to oversee the Selection Committee's formation. 'Under the circumstances, I will be obliged to abstain unless there are new developments in the next two days,' Mr Fung said. He noted about nine other members had indicated support for the proposed declaration of criminal records and that some have opted for a reduced role played by the CPPCC members. Mr Fung, chairman of the grassroots Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said although he had proposed the number of seats for CPPCC delegates be reduced to four, he would be ready to back those who suggested 24 to 26 seats, a big cut from 34, which was proposed by the sub-group on the Selection Committee. During the two-day plenary session, the Preparatory Committee is expected to endorse the proposals by the sub-group on the Selection Committee. This is in addition to the legal sub-group's paper on the question of permanent residency. Preparation for the setting up of the Selection Committee is expected to proceed at full-speed after the Preparatory Committee finalises details on its formation. It was reported that the plenum will be asked to give its support on a nomination period from August 15 to September 14. China is set to approve the deal on the Container Terminal 9 project, delayed by mainland opposition to Jardines' involvement. The stalemate was resolved by consortiums offering to exchange berths. Zhao Jihua , the Joint Liaison Group's Chinese team leader, said: 'This is purely their exchanges in business. It can be said that we have no specific opinion,' he said. He added that the details had to be studied before China could take a stance.