A leading Taiwanese envoy yesterday joined politicians in paying tribute to controversial pro-China figure Dorothy Liu Yiu-chu, who died of cancer two weeks ago. Susie Chiang Su-hui was among the 200 people from across the political spectrum at yesterday's Christian funeral at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point. Among the mourners were Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa, Xinhua (New China News Agency) Director Zhou Nan and his deputies Zhang Junsheng and Qin Wenjun. From the liberal camp were Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, and the Democratic Party's Dr Yeung Sum, Lau Chin-shek and James To Kun-sun. Ms Chiang, director of the semi-official Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre, described Liu, who died on March 30 aged 63, as a woman of outstanding ability. Liu, a lawyer, was a long-standing Chinese patriot involved in the drafting of the Basic Law, and a National People's Congress deputy. While she campaigned for an end to colonial rule she was also a strident critic of the Chinese Government. 'She was a bold person and possessed the moral courage of an intellectual,' Ms Chiang said. Liu was the only member of the pro-China camp who dared attend the ceremony marking her appointment to the Kwang Hwa centre, she said. 'She did whatever she thought right and spoke whatever she thought should be spoken,' Ms Chiang said. Mr Tung said he was sorry Liu would not be able to witness the smooth transfer of sovereignty. The Christian service started at 11 am with prayers, a summary of Liu's life by one of her pupils and a thank-you speech by her son, Edward Janne Ho-ming. Liu's body was cremated at the Cape Collinson Crematorium. The ashes will be taken to San Francisco, where her son lives, in accordance with her wishes.