Lawmakers from the pro-democracy and business sectors aligned yesterday to urge the temporary withdrawal of an application to create an information co-ordinator. The Government wants Stephen Lam Shui-lun to take on the new post which will be at policy secretary level with a monthly salary of $181,050. The House Committee endorsed by 21 votes to 17 Emily Lau Wai-hing's proposal to urge the administration to withdraw the item scheduled for Wednesday's establishment sub-committee. They demanded the issue be first examined at the public service panel. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance opposed Ms Lau's proposal. She said: 'Are our colleagues suggesting that we are not allowed and should not discuss it further other than in the establishment sub-committee next week? 'Why is it so pressing? Had it been so pressing, the post would have been established after the handover last year.' Executive councillor Tam Yiu-chung, of the DAB, said: 'If the Government has to table a proposal to the Legco panel first whenever it wants to create a new post in the civil service, it will affect the work of the panel.' Committee chairman Dr Leong Che-hung will relay the message to the Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang on Monday. The new post will be offset by the scrapping of a D3 administrative officer post held by Au King-chi on a monthly salary of up to $135,550. Justifying the post in a 23-page paper, the Government said it planned to 'create an information policy nucleus through the information co-ordinator to complement the efforts of policy bureaus and the information services department'. Under the proposal, the Director of Information Services will act as the information co-ordinator's deputy. Democrat Cheung Man-kwong found the lack of bureau-level support bizarre. There were conflicts in having Mr Lam, who currently works in the Department of Justice, argue for the creation of his own post. 'The Government should not rush into relying on the pro-establishment forces in the legislature to approve the proposal,' he said. The information co-ordinator's role would encompass: Public relations and media strategy and advice on policy issues, clearing public relations sections in Exco submissions; Handling background briefings on key issues in conjunction with policy bureaus; Acting as spokesman for the Chief Executive's Office at press sessions; Responsible for media and public relations strategy in handling major unforeseen events, in conjunction with the Information Services Department; Liaison with media, political parties, Legco members and key opinion-formers to gauge public opinion; Monitoring and analysing opinion polls on public issues with bureaus and departments; Planning and overseeing the Chief Executive's public engagements.