Democrat Provisional Urban Councillor Wu Chi-wai has decided to compete against Timothy Fok Tsun-ting in the functional constituency election despite being told his chances are slim. Mr Wu, who has been a member of the urban council since 1995, said he had decided to join the race in the sports, performing arts, culture and publication functional polls after he learned that Mr Fok was likely to be returned uncontested. 'I find it unacceptable to allow him to be returned uncontested. 'At my age and with my status, I can take things easy. 'I very much hope that we can urge each candidate to clearly spell out their stance on certain issues and how they will deal with them in the future. 'One can't just fold one's hands,' Mr Wu said. Three heavyweights in arts and culture joined Mr Wu for a press conference yesterday to show support for the 35-year-old. Simon Wong Tim-keung, Mer Lee and Thomas Yan Sun-kong said they hoped Mr Wu's decision to join the race would spark off sensible debate on the arts and cultural policies in Hong Kong. Mr Wong, the Urban Council's honourable adviser (drama sector), noted that there was resistance from within the drama sector to Mr Fok's approach, because it was considered not transparent enough. He said Mr Fok had only focused on the 'livelihood issues', which Mr Wong said were not the main problem facing the sector. Mr Yan, chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Writers and Artists' supervisory committee, said Mr Wu could one day be as successful as former legislator Christine Loh Kung-wai.