Tung Chee-hwa was accused yesterday of 'selective' attendance at commemoration services on the 53rd Sino-Japanese War Victory Day. For the first time, Mr Tung attended a ceremony in Sai Kung organised by the pro-Beijing New Territories Association of Societies in honour of a volunteer battalion. More than 1,000 veterans and their relatives also attended. But an invitation from Diaoyu activists to a parade at the Cenotaph in Central was snubbed. 'It was clear that Mr Tung was selective in attending an activity organised by a pro-Beijing group,' Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan said. 'We did not expect him to come to our activity, but it would be more appropriate if he could go to the one at the City Hall's Memorial Garden. 'But I think he wants to avoid us. Anyway, it is better than not showing up at any commemorative service at all.' Mr Tung was criticised last year for not attending any service. The Government has announced that it will organise an official ceremony at the City Hall memorial on the Chung Yeung Festival to commemorate those who died in the defence of Hong Kong. A government spokesman said the Chief Executive had received invitations to a number of commemorative functions this year. But Mr Tung had attended the Sai Kung ceremony because he wanted to 'give official recognition to the Hong Kong Independent Battalion of the Dongjiang Column which had not been given such recognition before'. Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong-tsung attended a ceremony organised by the Prisoners of War Association with former local and British servicemen at City Hall. A public opinion poll conducted by Commercial Radio found that 43 per cent of the 526 respondents opposed cancelling the Sino-Japanese War Victory Day public holiday. Officials want to replace it with a Labour Day holiday. Former soldier Tsang Kwong-wah, 75, of the Dongjiang Column, said he and his colleagues would fight to retain Victory Day, which marked 'the honour of the Chinese people', as a public holiday.