Leading chief executive contenders are stepping up their lobbying of major business groups, whose support is seen as crucial in the race. Sir Ti Liang Yang and Peter Woo Kwong-ching will hold separate meetings with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce next week. Tung Chee-hwa will meet core members of the chamber today following a meeting with the Business and Professionals' Federation on Tuesday. Mr Tung met members of the pro-China Chinese General Chamber of Commerce yesterday. More than 100 people from the business community have applied to join the Selection Committee, which will choose the chief executive. Core members of the Democratic Party will meet tonight and consider whether to ask members to report to the party before meeting chief executive candidates. They are worried such meetings will become propaganda shows for the candidates. Mr Tung met Democratic Party vice-chairman Anthony Cheung Bing-leung on Sunday to discuss educational issues. Mr Cheung, head of the Department of Public and Social Administration at City University, said he met Mr Tung in a personal capacity. Mr Tung is chairman of the board of directors of the City University. Democratic legislator Fred Li Wah-ming admitted some members were unhappy about such meetings. 'Although they are said to be personal in nature, they might be treated as a consultation exercise and used by the candidates for propaganda purposes,' he said. The party would propose any members would have to report to vice-chairman Dr Yeung Sum before such meetings. The Liberal Party yesterday started a two-week campaign to encourage the public to voice expectations for the chief executive. The party will organise forums, conduct a survey and set up a hotline to collect public views. Party vice-chairman Steven Poon Kwok-lim said the opinions would be sent to all candidates running for the post.