Fierce competition for the fourth Island seat has divided pro-Beijing groups. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) fears that Choy So-yuk of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance will cut the chances of Ip Kwok-him, who is second on its list after vice-chairman Gary Cheng Kai-nam. A DAB source said Ms Choy, who was soundly beaten by Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming in Island East in 1995, had promised not to compete with it in the Island constituency. 'She has broken her promise,' the source said. Ms Choy denied she had broken such a promise. There has been speculation that Ms Choy might seek a seat returned by the Election Committee, with DAB support. The DAB has about 67 votes on the 800-strong committee while the alliance has about 52. Mr Ip denied Ms Choy had been offered support should she seek election elsewhere. 'We have not studied the matter and we have not discussed it,' he said. But he would not rule out DAB support for Ms Choy should she seek a seat through the Election Committee. He admitted that if Ms Choy changed her mind, it would help the DAB. Hong Kong Progressive Alliance chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen did not rate Ms Choy's chances in a direct election on Hong Kong Island. 'There are other women candidates such as the Liberal Party's Ada Wong Ying-kay and independent Jennifer Chow Kit-bing who also have a business and professional background. 'They would divert support from Ms Choy,' he said. Ms Choy denied that the two parties had liaised over her possible candidacy. She said she would join the constituency where she had the best chance. 'But if the odds are all the same, I would rather run for direct election in a geographical constituency,' Ms Choy said.