Provisional legislature President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai abandoned an attack on former Governor Chris Patten for his criticism of the interim body. Mrs Fan was to have used a speech to the Indian Businessmen's Association yesterday to attack Mr Patten. In an advance copy of the speech Mrs Fan gave to the press, it said: 'This decision of the Preparatory Committee [the establishment of the interim body] was received with immense hostility from the leaders of the British Conservative Party. 'And the Governor did everything possible to discredit the Provisional Legislative Council (PLC). 'He used every trick in his politician's bag to hinder and disrupt the work of the PLC. 'He succeeded in blackening the image of the PLC, but failed to deviate the PLC from fulfilling its role in ensuring the smooth transition of Hong Kong under the principle of 'Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong'.' But Mrs Fan skipped the comments. Mrs Fan denied she avoided criticising the former Governor, saying her host wanted a shorter speech. On the role of the provisional legislature, Mrs Fan said the body gave Hong Kong people confidence and a sense of security by telling them what life would be like after the handover. However, it was for the voters to decide whether the 'new legislative culture' established by the interim body would be passed on, she said. 'We didn't go in for insulting each other,' said Mrs Fan, who is seeking a Legco seat via the Election Committee. 'Whether such attitudes will be found again, is for Hong Kong people to decide on who will sit on the [new] legislature.'