The Governor yesterday extended the appointment of Securities and Futures Commission chairman Anthony Neoh by 12 months until June next year to help stabilise financial markets during the handover. Government officials said Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa had been consulted on the extension. Mr Neoh said: 'I am very happy that I shall be able to continue to serve with my colleagues, all of whom have committed themselves to serving the markets to the highest professional standards.' Hong Kong Stockbrokers Association chairman Cheung Tin-sang said the extension would help smooth the transition. It is understood Mr Tung earlier asked Mr Neoh if he would like to be the Secretary of Justice, but Mr Neoh declined the offer.